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The Fall on BBC Two: The critics have their say - what's your verdict?

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Gillian Anderson's new dark thriller The Fall opened with bumper ratings on BBC Two last night and has picked up largely positive reviews for its chilling telling of a murder investigation in Belfast.

With Once Upon A Time hunk Jamie Dornan cast as the creepy killer, a Broadchurch-shaped hole left on Monday nights and a Nordic Noir Killing-esque feel to the drama, The Fall could be our new weekly TV addiction.

The Fall

The Fall on BBC Two



Reviews Round-Up:

Metro: "If your TV diet has a Broadchurch-shaped murder hole in it, then The Fall could well fill it."

Guardian: "Thoughtful, brooding, clever, tense, bleak, character-based, but also scary as hell, there's something of the Scandi shows about The Fall then. Celtic noir? Move over Denmark, Belfast is the new Copenhagen? Could be."

Time Out: "An odd one this – and all the better for it. It's hard to place Gillian Anderson's DSI Stella Gibson in the canon of TV cops, but it's probably fair to call The Fall post-Scandinavian. There's a touch of Sarah Lund in her un-clubbability and single-mindedness, and a little Saga Norén in her taste for commitment-free, even affection-free sex."

Den of Geek: "Appreciating we're only a fifth of the way through, the pity is that The Fall thinks by revealing its killer from the off, it's reinvigorating the genre, when all it's done is undo the valves and let the tension guff out."

Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in 'The Fall'

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Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall



Huffington Post: "More of a revelation is Jamie Dornan in that role. He inhabits thoroughly the complexities of a man older than himself, believable in both guises of loving family man and psychopathic loner with a whole load of unsavoury stuff in the loft, in what is sure to become his breakthrough role."

MSN: "The Fall is atmospheric, brooding, and tightly-written, if not quite as cutting-edge as it believes itself to be."

The Mirror: "In an outstanding year for TV crime drama, The Fall makes an assured debut tonight. And what immediately makes it stand out is that it's one of the quietest thrillers imaginable. There are no screeching sirens, no shouting detectives banging desks, no terrifying soundtrack, in fact, the first few minutes are so confidently handled that they don't contain any dialogue at all."

Telegraph "It was very slick, very knowing and Anderson and Dornan were actually very good. But if there is a more Athena version of a serial killer out there, I'm yet to see it."

What is your verdict on The Fall? Have your shout about the new crime drama that everyone is talking about.

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