Gillian Anderson reveals
there is a scene in the second series of ‘The Fall’ which will delight
audiences, but one she was particularly nervous about filming – one in
which detective Stella Gibson and serial killer Paul Spector finally
come face to face, which means she finally got to share screen time with
her co-star Jamie Dornan.
“I was nervous about getting it right,” she admits to Huffington Post UK.
“It was interesting when we were shooting that scene that we did
shoot, how to work out what the relationship was, because it felt like
we had a relationship, and it consisted of a couple of phone calls.
much as it was on the page, there was a certain pressure to get that
balance right, also based on who they are, what they come with, how
their relationship has formed.”
Jamie Dornan credits writer Alan Cubitt for creating chemistry between
the pair without them meeting, and agrees about their ultimate
encounter, saying, “It was quite a big moment.”
‘The Fall’s first series drew record audiences to BBC2 when it aired
(currently available on BBCiPlayer if you need to catch up before
Thursday), and it sounds as though both crew and cast have pulled out
the stops to ensure they’ll be staying for the second.
“It’s definitely the hunt and the psychology, and our team are properly
looking into the motivation as the clues start to come in,” Gillian says
of the police side of the two-handed production, which stands apart
from other crime dramas in identifying the killer from the start, and
telling his story, separately and in parallel. “How we put that
together, how it is that we end up having the scene that we have
together is quite a compelling journey.”
‘The Fall’s first series faced accusations of misogyny in its treatment,
and number, of female victims, something stoutly denied by writer Alan
Cubitt, who’s also directing Series 2. Here are Gillian’s own robust
thoughts on the matter…
“For me, Alan more than anybody else has had an extraordinary
understanding of that type of violence, his desire to represent violence
that does happen to women in the world at large is based in truth, and
as you can tell with everything else in his scripts, he writes sparely,
and there is nothing gratuitous in his scripts.
“If you are awake enough and look closely, you will see that the balance
of humanity and the conscious representation of the tragedy of these
events and the impact that this kind of violence has historically is
very acute and, to me, that represents it in a completely different way
from what I’ve seen before, or what it could be accused of
As well as starring, Gillian has taken up producer duties for this
second series, and admits she’s delighted by the extra clout this has
“I’m very opinionated, especially during the filming,” she admits, “and
it’s nice when you’re as involved as I am in this, it’s nice to feel
that I can speak up about something and people will take that on board,
which they always have from the beginning, rather than rolling their
eyes and waiting for me to shut up.”
'The Fall' returns to BBC2 on Thursday at 9pm.