Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in The Fall
Have you heard of or perhaps seen, The Fall? It’s a five-part psychological thriller set in Belfast, starring my fave, Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Great Expectations) and the newly cast 50 Shades’ Christian Grey, Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time, Shadows in the Sun). It’s a chilling, edge-of-your-seat kind of series, about a total psychopath, Paul Spector (played by Jamie), who has a fetish for murdering women in a most terrifying way. Gillian Anderson plays Stella Gibson who has been drafted to Belfast from London’s Metropolitan Police. She pieces together that the murders are linked and sets into play a chase for the killer. Only problem is, he flies under the radar and has no link to the women he ‘chooses’. He knows who they are and he stalks them, but makes no contact prior (except for a few freaky break-ins). Worse, he’s one of those ‘average’, ‘normal’ guys by day − he’s got a wife, kids, job as a grief counsellor, and he’s a really good liar. It’s one of those stories that makes you question everyone who is walking past you on the street, sitting next to you on the train or standing near you in a bar. Freaky!
As a viewer, you are aware of who the murderer is the whole time, and the story is more about the lives of two hunters, one a serial killer and the other a high-powered detective superintendent brought in to catch him. The race against time will have you biting your nails and taking another gulp of wine, as Paul edges closer to the next victim on his list, and DSI Gibson and her team uncover one small clue after another.
The Fall is a high quality, enjoyable thriller, with excellent performances from all the cast, especially Gillian Anderson. I was reminded of why she was so esteemed back in the days of the best series of the ’90s (The X-Files of course!). Jamie is incredibly spooky, and really adds a whole other dimension to the stereotype that psychos will not be good looking. [On a side note, I reckon he's going to make an excellent Christian Grey.]
The series is interesting as it reveals how a modern, top level murder investigation team works when it comes up against every policeman’s worst nightmare – in fact, anyone’s worst nightmare! There are clever side stories thrown in too, which keep you guessing until the very end, and even beyond…
Also starring Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), John Lynch (Labyrinth), Laura Donnelly (Insatiable) and written by Allan Cubitt (Prime Suspect 2, Murphy’s Law, The Boys Are Back), the series is well nestled within the realm of gritty crime dramas such as The Killing, The Bridge and Midsomer Murders. The Fall won over audiences in the UK this past year and has been rated as the biggest drama to hit BBC TWO since 2008!
The Fall has just been released on DVD (Madman/SBS, RRP AU$39.95) and would make an ideal Christmas gift for anyone into this genre of film or television, anyone who enjoys good dramas out of the UK, or indeed fans keen to see Gillian Anderson in her first lead role in an investigative series since XF.
Thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have an awesome prize pack to give away to celebrate the release of Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in The Fall on DVD. You’ll score:
- The Fall on DVD
- The Killing (complete series)
- Spiral (Series 1)
- The Bridge (Complete Series)
- Prisoners of War (Series 1)
Now that’s sure to keep you entertained during the summer holidays! For your chance to win, drop us a line here on FACEBOOK, include #TheFall and be sure to @tag a friend who you’d be happy to watch some really great TV with.
Competition opens AEST Friday 13 December and closes AEST midnight Saturday 21 December 2013. Winner chosen at random and will be contacted privately via Facebook to arrange distribution of prize. DVD set will be posted to anywhere within Australia via Australia Post, but we cannot take responsibility for lost mail. Prize not redeemable for cash. If initial random winner does not respond within 5 days of being notified on 22 December, another entrant will be selected at random and contacted regarding prize distribution. Sorry folks, but this one is only open to residents of Australia. Good luck!
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