Gillian Anderson: ‘The Fall’ Draws 3.5 Million Viewers

Gillian Anderson’s new thriller The Fall drew 3.5 million viewers with its May 13 premier. The psychological thriller is BBC Two’s highest-rated program since 2005.

The Fall was written by Allan Cubitt, and produced by Artists Studios. Cubitt is credited with writing hit series’ including Murphy’s Law, and Runaway. The series is directed by Jakob Verbruggen.

As reported by Hollywood Reporter, the five episode season follows the story of a police detective and the serial killer that she is tasked with capturing. Gillian Anderson plays detective Stella Gibson, with the Metropolitan Police. Gibson struggles with her own demons as she hunts down the killer.

The serial killer, played by former Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan, is sadistic and seemingly random in his killing. Dornan’s character, Paul Spector, is a husband and father, working as a mental health counselor during the day. His double life only enhances the tension and mystery.

A review by the Telegraph, describes the suspense and tension as “Hitchcockian flair.” The review highlights excellent choice in actors, theme, and “superb background music.”

Gillian Anderson is well known for her role as Dana Scully in the X-Files from 1993-2002. She and her co-star David Duchovny, as Fox Mulder, investigated claims of the paranormal. As agents with the FBI, the partners sought to explain the impossible, and remain unharmed, through a series of tense and bizarre situations.

As reported by IMDB, Anderson won a Golden Globe in 1997 for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Drama, for her work on The X-Files. She has been nominated for 45 awards, and won 18 throughout her acting career.

Her newest endeavor is already a hit. BBC Drama controller Ben Stephenson calls The Fall “an outstandingly imagined piece of series television.” He states that it is “particularly gratifying” that audience agrees.

Gillian Anderson’s new series The Fall includes five episodes and airs on the BBC Two network.

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