The Fall

Rating 8.3
Streamer Netflix
Seasons 3
Episodes 17 x 60 mins

A crime drama with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in it? Now there’s a feast for the eyes.

Anderson, who is more recently known for her portrayal of sex educator Dr Jean Milburn, and Dornan, aka ‘Mr Grey will see you now’, are reverting back to their dark and brooding personas from their sexy ones. Originally aired on the BBC, The Fall has recently been acquired by Netflix, and people are falling head over heels for it – see what we did there? The show focuses on two main characters, one a serial killer with an unquenchable thirst for battering women, the other a woman detective with a horde of personal issues. And the psychological mess doesn’t just stay with the characters – as you watch this you quickly find yourself covering your eyes every time the killer makes a mistake, and openly berating DSI Stella Gibson, who we assume is supposed to be the hero.

Or is she? And it’s this element that makes the show so great. Ok, it isn’t an action- packed thrill-fest, but is instead a slow burner in all the right ways. You really get stuck into the nitty gritty of the characters, and you’ve also got the backdrop of a troubled Northern Ireland, which adds to the dark tone of the series. 

Since its release on Netflix, The Fall has slowly been making its way up the platform’s top ten list, before finding a comfy place to settle down in the number one spot. By the way, probably the only comfy thing about The Fall. One of the glorious things about a show coming back into the limelight after a period of neglect, is that there are already a few clever clogs out there who have already watched all three seasons, and so can give a full and thorough review.  (It’s us, we are the clever clogs.) We, and much of the press surrounding The Fall, think the show tapered off a bit towards the end – the first season has you completely hooked, the second intrigued, and the third a bit bored. Maybe the pull of a slow burner wears out after 10 episodes?

However, with all that taken into account, it’s still definitely a MustWatch, even if solely for the very attractive combo of Dornan and Anderson.

First shown May 2013. You can watch the trailer by pressing play on the show image, or by clicking here.

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