The Fall (2013– )
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Dark Descent 

A bereavement counsellor maintains a seemingly normal family and marital life and while pretending to work on a support hotline at night, instead goes out and commits meticulously well planned murders on adult women.


Jakob Verbruggen


Allan Cubitt (created by), Allan Cubitt

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Stella Gibson
Jamie Dornan ... Paul Spector
Laura Donnelly ... Sarah Kay
Gerard McCarthy ... Kevin McSwain
Tara Egan Langley Tara Egan Langley ... Fiona
Gerard Jordan ... Brian Stone
Niamh McGrady ... Danielle Ferrington
David Beattie David Beattie ... Liam Spector
Sarah Beattie Sarah Beattie ... Olivia Spector
Bronagh Waugh ... Sally Ann Spector
John Lynch ... Jim Burns
Frank McCusker Frank McCusker ... Garrett Brink
Séainín Brennan ... Liz Tyler (as Séanín Brennan)
Brian Milligan ... James Tyler
Simon Delaney ... Jerry McElroy


Outwardly a respectable young family man and Belfast psychotherapist, in reality Paul Spector is the dangerous stalker of lawyer Sarah Kay, breaking into her flat and stealing her undies. The police are called but fail to persuade Sarah to move out. At the same time local officer Jim Burns calls in his English colleague Superintendent Stella Gibson to assist in solving the murder of architect Alice Monroe. Stella sees links between Alice's slaying and that of Fiona Gallagher and suspects a serial killer though not everybody takes her seriously. On the night that the police are called out to discover a cache of weapons in a car Spector, telling his wife that he is going to do voluntary work, kills Sarah Kay with police officers outside her house and unable to get in. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

28 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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German TV cut episodes 1-11 down to 6 episodes, with a run-time of 90 minutes each. See more »


[first lines]
Sarah Kay: You don't need his approval, you just want it.
Kevin McSwain: What's the difference?
Sarah Kay: Well, most of what we call "needs" are desires. We need air to breathe, water, warmth, food to eat.
Kevin McSwain: Speaking of which...
[reaching for menu]
Sarah Kay: But the rest - love, approval, recognition, praise, whatever - they're desires.
Kevin McSwain: So, what's sex? Is that a need or a desire?
Sarah Kay: Hmm... Well, both if you're doing it right!
[big smile]
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Morning of New Joy
Performed by Aisling Franciosi
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Very Tight and Real
24 July 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I like to watch the first episode of a series, to get a flavor for what it's about. I thought this was quite good. We have the most despicable type of who fancies himself a family man who goes out at night and murders young women. Enter a tough but very attractive police detective who specializes in this kind of stuff. She is quite formidable and seems to get what she wants, including men she is attracted to. But she is also a workaholic. My question is, "How can this be dragged through a whole season." Him, leaving his wife and daughters behind, disrobing, and attacking more women. She, incredibly unlikeable. If there is too much sameness in each episode, I may quit. The first is engaging to say the least. Northern Ireland is a good place for this show.

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