COVER story The Fall

TV Times - - Front Page - New Thriller The Fall thurs­day / bbc2 / 9.00Pm Caren Clark

As TV’S creepi­est thriller re­turns, stars Gillian An­der­son and Jamie Dor­nan get set for their last epic show­down

he sec­ond series of The Fall ended on the ul­ti­mate cliffhanger. Twisted se­rial killer Paul Spec­tor (Jamie Dor­nan) was left fight­ing for his life in the arms of his neme­sis Det Supt

Stella Gib­son (Gillian An­der­son).

The de­ranged be­reave­ment coun­sel­lor had fi­nally been ar­rested and had con­fessed to mur­der­ing sev­eral young women in Belfast, when he was gunned down by a gang­ster, one of his for­mer clients.

Af­ter an ag­o­nis­ing two-year wait, the series re­turns this week for a third and fi­nal run – and it ap­pears that, against the odds, Spec­tor is back, too.

T‘A lot of peo­ple are in­trigued that I’m still in it,’ laughs Jamie, 34, as TV Times sits down for a chat with him. ‘I’ve had fun toy­ing with peo­ple when they ask how that can be, but none of them has a clue.

‘There are lots of twists and turns that I don’t think the au­di­ence will see com­ing. Even I didn’t re­ally know what was go­ing to hap­pen.’

The ac­tion picks up straight af­ter the shoot­ing, but Jamie won’t re­veal whether Spec­tor ul­ti­mately sur­vives.

‘He’s not in good shape, so there’s a lot of hos­pi­tal ac­tion,’ he teases.

‘But Spec­tor is like a wild an­i­mal, they don’t like it when they’re backed into cor­ners, re­gard­less of their phys­i­cal state, so that leads to some very in­ter­est­ing ac­tions.

‘Some hor­rific new things have been thrown into his mind this time and he wants to be in con­trol, no mat­ter what the ob­sta­cles in his way.’

The com­plex in­ter­ac­tion be­tween Spec­tor and Gib­son has been at the heart of the series since it be­gan, so Gib­son is deeply frus­trated that her chance to bring the psy­chopath to jus­tice could be snatched away.

‘She wants jus­tice for the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies and clo­sure, so if he dies it

would be dev­as­tat­ing for ev­ery­one,’ says Gillian, 48, as she joins us.

‘It’s put a lot of things into ques­tion. What’s just tran­spired has far-reach­ing, com­pli­cated and in­fu­ri­at­ing reper­cus­sions.’

Spec­tor and Gib­son are two of TV’S most com­pelling char­ac­ters and Jamie tells us that he has a spe­cial place in his heart for the show that has had such an im­pact on his ca­reer.

‘A mas­sive part of me will miss

The Fall. This job has changed my life im­mea­sur­ably, and ev­ery pos­i­tive thing that has hap­pened is be­cause of it. As hor­ri­ble a char­ac­ter as Spec­tor is, I take joy in en­ter­ing his very sin­is­ter mind and spend­ing time there,’ smiles Jamie, who has since found in­ter­na­tional star­dom as Chris­tian Grey in the 2015 film Fifty Shades of Grey, and has just shot two se­quels.

For Gillian, the idea of leav­ing Gib­son, and her trade­mark silk blouses, be­hind for ever is some­thing she is still un­cer­tain about, with ru­mours rife that she could yet re­turn to in­ves­ti­gate an­other case.

‘What if we were to pause and come back in three or four years and see where she is? It feels like some­thing that might be a good idea.

‘I wish I was her be­cause there are lots of as­pects of her that are not like me but which would be fun and in­ter­est­ing to spend more time with,’ adds Gillian, who has kept some me­men­toes in case she doesn’t get the chance to re­visit Stella.

‘I took a cou­ple of pieces of cloth­ing home with me this series. I’ve nicked things from sets at var­i­ous times, I do that kind of thing!’

A lot of peo­ple are in­trigued that I’m still in it. I’ve had fun toy­ing with peo­ple… Jamie Dor­nan Gib­son tends her neme­sis as he lies at death’s door Spec­tor of death: Will Gib­son ever bring the se­rial killer to jus­tice?

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