Gillian Anderson’s ‘The Fall’ to return for second series on BBC Two

Episode one attracted the channel's highest audience for a drama in five years

BBC Two has ordered a second series of hit crime drama The Fall.

Written and created by Alan Cubitt, The Fall stars Gillian Anderson as DS Stella Gibson, a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police flown over to Belfast to track down an elusive serial killer played by Jamie Dornan. The first episode aired on May 13 and attracted an impressive 3.5 million viewers – BBC Two’s highest audience for a drama since 2008.

The BBC’s head of drama Ben Stephenson said in a statement: “With more of Allan Cubitt’s intricate and thrilling plot revelations yet to unfold through the captivating performances of Gillian and Jamie, a second series is a must. Obviously we can’t give too much away as the first series builds to a gripping cliff-hanger but what we can say is it will be surprising and intense as the first.”

Meanwhile, Cubitt added: “I always envisioned The Fall as a returning series and wish to congratulate both Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan who have played their parts to perfection.”

Episode three of The Fall aired on BBC Two last night (27 May) and two episodes remain before series one concludes on June 10. At present, it’s unknown how many episodes will feature in series two.