Now Streaming on Netflix: BBC Thriller ‘The Fall’ Starring Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson in 'The Fall' (Photo: BBC)

Gillian Anderson in ‘The Fall’ (Photo: BBC)

Make no mistake: we here at Anglophenia love that Netflix has resurrected Arrested Development, which is for all intents and purposes a Britcom in U.S. drag. But we’re even more jazzed about today’s news that Netflix is now streaming The Fall, the highly-rated BBC2 thriller starring Gillian Anderson (The X Files, Bleak House). In the five-part psychological drama, Anderson dusts off her British accent to play DS Stella Gibson, an officer on the trail of a serial killer (Jamie Dornan) in Belfast.

Here’s the trailer, which has that Silence-meets-Prime Suspect mix of sexy and gruesome you’d expect from this sort of thing. (Note The Good Wife Emmy winner Archie Panjabi co-starring as a pathologist.)

The Fall has been a ratings bonanza for BBC2, reaching an average of 3.5 million weekly viewers since its May 13 U.K. premiere, the channel’s biggest audience for a drama since 2008. The BBC has already announced a second season renewal. BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson says, “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,” he said.

“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 as surprising and intense as the first.”

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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