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When good TV goes bad: how The Fall fell from grace

After a compelling first series, the serial killer thriller began to lose its grip. What followed was a cavalcade of preposterousness

When Allan Cubitt’s intense British-Irish psychological crime drama The Fall arrived in 2013, its initial five episodes proved darkly compelling and intelligent. It was so sophisticated that French television snapped it up for a remake, so creepy it won an Edgar Allan Poe award. Gillian Anderson, hypnotically cool as Dsi Stella Gibson, arrived in Belfast styled in pristine white shirts unbuttoned to the precise point at which her seductiveness undid some male colleagues. She was seconded by the Met to the Psni (Police Service of Northern Ireland) to review the progress – or lack thereof – in a murder investigation and quickly deduced that several unsolved rapes and murders were connected.

This was not a whodunnit but a whydunnit; we knew from the outset that the killer was handsome family man
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‘The Fall’ Season 3: Why Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan’s Latest Tête–à–Tête Felt Longer, Darker and Wasn’t Worth the Wait

‘The Fall’ Season 3: Why Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan’s Latest Tête–à–Tête Felt Longer, Darker and Wasn’t Worth the Wait
No one expected a series titled “The Fall” to end happily.

[Spoilers for Season 3, including the finale, below.]

Starting with a brutal interrogation room confrontation where an unrestrained Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) brutally beats Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and ending with a similarly blunt beating given to Dr. Larson (Krister Henriksson), the Season 3 finale squeezed in enough violent outbursts to fill a season. And that near-complete time frame doesn’t even include the morbid kicker: After strangling his fellow inmate, Paul used the same belt to asphyxiate himself. He died from it, too, just like his first victim, and similar to his mother.

Now, supporters with a deep appreciation for the complex psychology of the series will point to Paul’s death as a positive. Not only did he die in a similar fashion to his first victim (or at least the first victim Stella knows about, poor party girl Susan Harper, who thought she
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‘The Fall’ Season 3: Why Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan’s Latest Tête–à–Tête Felt Longer, Darker and Wasn’t Worth the Wait

‘The Fall’ Season 3: Why Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan’s Latest Tête–à–Tête Felt Longer, Darker and Wasn’t Worth the Wait
No one expected a series titled “The Fall” to end happily.

[Spoilers for Season 3, including the finale, below.]

Starting with a brutal interrogation room confrontation where an unrestrained Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) brutally beats Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and ending with a similarly blunt beating given to Dr. Larson (Krister Henriksson), the Season 3 finale squeezed in enough violent outbursts to fill a season. And that near-complete time frame doesn’t even include the morbid kicker: After strangling his fellow inmate, Paul used the same belt to asphyxiate himself. He died from it, too, just like his first victim, and similar to his mother.

Now, supporters with a deep appreciation for the complex psychology of the series will point to Paul’s death as a positive. Not only did he die in a similar fashion to his first victim (or at least the first victim Stella knows about, poor party girl Susan Harper, who thought she
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Thursday’s best TV: The Fall; The Apprentice; Surviving Aberfan

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The serial-killer thriller gives us easily the spookiest hour of TV this week; Lord Sugar’s contestants take a trip to the cafe of doom; and the Welsh landslide disaster, in which 144 died, is remembered 50 years on

Bleaker than the chilliest Scandi-noir, Allan Cubitt’s serial-killer thriller reaches an episode that comes across like the calm before the storm. To put that another way, with Spector claiming to be suffering from amnesia, he appears (you’d guess) to be reeling in those he thinks may be useful, making this a slow-burner. But pay attention, because the scenes between Stella Gibson and Rose Stagg, for instance, explain much. Easily the week’s spookiest hour of TV. Jonathan Wright

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'Arrival' South American premiere to open Rio

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'Arrival' South American premiere to open Rio
As revealed earlier this week, the 18th edition of the festival will feature more than 20 world premieres. Screen runs through some local highlights and previews the RioMarket.

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Oct 6-16) will open with the South American premiere of Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, which premiered at Venice Film Festival.

The festival’s full line-up, which was revealed earlier this week, will include 20 world premieres. The majority of those are local productions selected to compete for the Redentor award (a trophy that resembles the Christ Redeemer statue, made of 35mm film pieces).

The event’s competitive strand, Premiere Brasil, will feature eight titles this year, all of which have been selected to showcase new productions in the country’s film industry.

Seven of those films are world premieres, including the most recent titles of established directors, such as Andrucha Waddington (Me, You, Them and The House of Sand), and debuts from emerging film-makers
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First-look images & teaser for BBC’s The Fall Season 3

It feels like an age since the huge cliffhanger at the end of The Fall season 2 but now it’s clear that season 3 is creeping up on us like Jamie Dornan‘s character lurking in the shadows.

The BBC have released a teaser trailer with Gillian Anderson‘s Stella going for a swim and although it doesn’t give us too much, that’s good enough for me. In this final season we’ll get to see Detective Superintendent Gibson and Paul Spector (Dornan) going head-to-head in a probably terrifying conclusion to Allan Cubitt’s psychological thriller.

We’ve got some hot off the press images from the BBC and that teaser below if you want to dive in…

The Fall is back on the Beeb soon, very soon we’ll assume and on Netflix if you’re in the USA.

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‘The Fall: Series 3’ Teaser Trailer: Gillian Anderson is Haunted By Killer Jamie Dornan

‘The Fall: Series 3’ Teaser Trailer: Gillian Anderson is Haunted By Killer Jamie Dornan
It’s been two years since audiences last saw Gillian Anderson as the driven and obsessive Stella Gibson, the detective superintendent who’s been after serial killer Paul Spector (played by Jamie Dornan) in BBC Two’s drama “The Fall.” A new teaser trailer for the third installment has just been released and shows Gibson being haunted by the murderer who was last shot at the end of Season 2.

“You’re under arrest, you’re going to prison,” we hear Anderson’s voice say as she’s seen swimming, recalling the words that she last spoke to Spector and what he told her.

“I live at a level of intensity unknown to you and others of your type,” we hear him say. “You will never know the almost God-like power that I feel when that last bit of breath leaves a body. That feeling of complete possession.”

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‘The Fall: Series 3’ Teaser Trailer: Gillian Anderson is Haunted By Killer Jamie Dornan

‘The Fall: Series 3’ Teaser Trailer: Gillian Anderson is Haunted By Killer Jamie Dornan
It’s been two years since audiences last saw Gillian Anderson as the driven and obsessive Stella Gibson, the detective superintendent who’s been after serial killer Paul Spector (played by Jamie Dornan) in BBC Two’s drama “The Fall.” A new teaser trailer for the third installment has just been released and shows Gibson being haunted by the murderer who was last shot at the end of Season 2.

“You’re under arrest, you’re going to prison,” we hear Anderson’s voice say as she’s seen swimming, recalling the words that she last spoke to Spector and what he told her.

“I live at a level of intensity unknown to you and others of your type,” we hear him say. “You will never know the almost God-like power that I feel when that last bit of breath leaves a body. That feeling of complete possession.”

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in July 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in July 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each)
1. “BoJack Horseman” Season 3 (available July 22)

Why Should I Watch It? “BoJack Horseman” is a literal and figurative treasure trove of joy, insight and harsh truths. On the literal side, so many small moments pop up throughout the 30-minute episodes it takes repeat viewings to appreciate them all — from the .gif-worthy transitionary bits to the heavy-hitting quips. Yet figuratively, “BoJack” offers up a distinct, strong viewpoint that isn’t afraid to take questions to an existential level, which creates deeper subjective realizations each time you watch (and re-watch, and re-watch, and re-watch…). This is as “must-see” as TV gets — every time.

Best Episode: We wouldn’t dare spoil the new season — not even by telling you what episode to look forward to — and we’ve already covered Season 2. (After much deliberation, we chose “Escape From L.A.” as the best episode.) So let’s just set this time aside to honor the
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in July 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in July 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each)
1. “BoJack Horseman” Season 3 (available July 22)

Why Should I Watch It? “BoJack Horseman” is a literal and figurative treasure trove of joy, insight and harsh truths. On the literal side, so many small moments pop up throughout the 30-minute episodes it takes repeat viewings to appreciate them all — from the .gif-worthy transitionary bits to the heavy-hitting quips. Yet figuratively, “BoJack” offers up a distinct, strong viewpoint that isn’t afraid to take questions to an existential level, which creates deeper subjective realizations each time you watch (and re-watch, and re-watch, and re-watch…). This is as “must-see” as TV gets — every time.

Best Episode: We wouldn’t dare spoil the new season — not even by telling you what episode to look forward to — and we’ve already covered Season 2. (After much deliberation, we chose “Escape From L.A.” as the best episode.) So let’s just set this time aside to honor the
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Gillian Anderson on the Future of 'The X-Files'

Gillian Anderson on the Future of 'The X-Files'
When The X-Files ended its first run in 2002, Gillian Anderson was over it. "I needed to dig a deep ditch for anything X-Files-related to go into," she says with a big laugh. "It took a while before I could talk about the show with a sense of appreciation and wistfulness."

She was 33 at the time of the original series finale and had spent the majority of her adult life playing FBI Special Agent Dr. Dana Scully, the impassive, skeptical voice of reason in the fantastical world of her onscreen foil,
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‘The Fall’ Season 3 Adds Cast For Cat-And-Mouse Series’ Final Run

The third and final season of BBC Two’s hit psychological thriller The Fall has just begun shooting in Belfast. Starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, the final five-episode run of the drama created by Allan Cubitt will air later this year. Netflix has U.S. rights. The story picks up immediately from the cliffhanger Season 2 finale as the battle between Detective Superintendent Gibson (Anderson) and serial killer Paul Spector (Dornan) heads towards a “terrifying…
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Michael Kelly & Jamie Dornan on Playing Dark Characters (Video)

Michael Kelly & Jamie Dornan on Playing Dark Characters (Video)
To say that they both play characters who are rather, well, intense is a bit of an understatement — given that one’s a drug (and power) addict and the other’s a serial killer who thrills in torturing women. But in person at Variety’s Actors on Actors studio, Michael Kelly (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Jamie Dornan (Netflix/BBC’s “The Fall”) were only too happy to shed those dark on-screen personas. Clearly fans of each other’s work, they shared their secrets of finding humanity in those indelible roles.

Michael Kelly: What do you look for in a part?

Jamie Dornan: I think in recent parts, it looks like I like to play really creepy psychopaths or sociopathic people, but I love the idea of just really exploring a side of myself I haven’t explored before. I feel like I’m a million miles away from (character Paul) Spector,
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The Fall to return to for third season

'The Fall' is to return for a third series. The BBC has announced that they've commissioned a new five-part series of the physiological thriller starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, which will reveal the fate of serial killer Paul Spector, played by Dornan, after he was left lying shot in the arms of Stella Gibson (Anderson) at the end of series two. Series writer and director Alan Cubitt said: ''The cliffhanger ending of season two was conceived in the hope of further exploring the characters and the themes that are at the heart of The Fall.'' Ben Stephenson, BBC controller of drama
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The Fall: Third (and Final?) Season Renewal

BBC Two has renewed The Fall for a third season of five episodes. Series stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan will return as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and serial killer Paul Spector respectively.

The Fall's creator-writer-director, Allan Cubitt, said, "We'd like to thank the BBCKim Shillinglaw, Ben Stephenson and Stephen Wright — for showing such confidence in the drama we have created with Artists Studio... The cliffhanger ending of season two was conceived in the hope of further exploring the characters and the themes that are at the heart of The Fall. We’re grateful to be given this opportunity by the BBC."

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‘The Fall’ Renewed for Season 3 with Jamie Dornan, Gillian Anderson

‘The Fall’ Renewed for Season 3 with Jamie Dornan, Gillian Anderson
London — The BBC has commissioned a third season of psychological thriller “The Fall,” which stars Gillian Anderson as police detective Stella Gibson and Jamie Dornan as serial killer Paul Spector. A teaser for season three has been released (above).

Endemol Shine Intl. has sold the show to 200 countries, including Netflix in the U.S., BBC First in Australia, Bravo Canada, DirecTV in Latin America, Globosat in Brazil, Rte in Ireland, Fox International Channels across Asia and a multiterritory deal with Zdf Enterprises in Germany.

Season two scored an average of 3.3 million viewers on BBC Two in the U.K. and a 12.5% share of the audience. The season finale was watched by 3.6 million consolidated viewers with a 12.7% share.

The series, which is set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is created, written and directed by Allan Cubitt. It is produced by Gub Neal for Artists Studio, part of Endemol Shine Group. The executive producers are Cubitt,
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‘The Fall’ Picked Up For 3rd Season With Gillian Anderson & Jamie Dornan

‘The Fall’ Picked Up For 3rd Season With Gillian Anderson & Jamie Dornan
The Fall creator-writer-director Allan Cubitt told a Netflix TCA panel in January that he was “very confident” there would be a third season of the UK crime drama, pending an official greenlight from the BBC. The light switched on today with BBC Two announcing it has ordered a five-episode Season 3, with stars Gillian Anderson and Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan due back as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and serial killer Paul Spector. Check out a teaser…
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The Fall to return for third series on BBC Two

The Fall will return for a third series, it has been confirmed.

The BBC Two thriller's next run of episodes is expected to air in 2016.

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan will both return to the show as Stella Gibson and her nemesis Paul Spector respectively.

"The story is far from over," said the BBC's controller of drama commissioning, Ben Stephenson.

"Allan [Cubitt] has known the end game from the beginning – the cat and mouse game between Gillian and Jamie has one last act to play out. Who will win?"

Series two ended on a cliffhanger, with Dornan's character on death's door after being shot by a rogue gunman.

The Fall creator Allan Cubitt stated earlier this year that he was "very confident" of securing a third series, adding that he already knows how the show will end.

Series star Anderson had also previously indicated to Digital Spy that the crime drama would be back.
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The Fall to return for third and final series on BBC Two

The Fall will return for a third and final series, it has been confirmed.

The BBC Two thriller's next run of episodes is expected to air in 2016.

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan will both return to the show as Stella Gibson and her nemesis Paul Spector respectively.

Series two ended on a cliffhanger, with Dornan's character on death's door after being shot by a rogue gunman.

The Fall creator Allan Cubitt stated earlier this year that he was "very confident" of securing a third series, adding that he already knows how the show will end.

Series star Anderson had also previously indicated to Digital Spy that the crime drama would be back.

The Fall creator Allan Cubitt: 'The show is not misogynistic'

Watch a teaser for the final series of The Fall below:

The cat and mouse game between Gibson and Spector has one last act to play out.
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Archie Panjabi Says She Decided to Leave The Good Wife After Kissing Gillian Anderson

Archie Panjabi Says She Decided to Leave The Good Wife After Kissing Gillian Anderson
Apparently kissing Gillian Anderson can change your life. At least that's what The Good Wife's Archie Panjabi said. Panjabi, who costars opposite Anderson in the BBC/Netflix series The Fall, said her decision to leave CBS's The Good Wife came after a scene in The Fall. Warning, spoilers ahead. In the third episode of The Fall's second season, Anderson's Stella Gibson kisses Panjabi's Dr. Reed Smith in a bar, seemingly to get a man to stop bothering them. But the next scene is the two of them making their way to Gibson's hotel room until Panjabi's character bails and leaves at the elevator. "When I was kissing her, Allan Cubitt, the show's creator and director, had to...
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