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A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serialist in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity.

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 Stella Gibson (17 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Paul Spector (17 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Jim Burns (17 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Katie Benedetto (16 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Danielle Ferrington (15 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Sally Ann Spector (15 episodes, 2013-2016)
Sarah Beattie ...
 Olivia Spector (15 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Matt Eastwood (13 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Gail McNally (12 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Rose Stagg (11 episodes, 2013-2016)
David Beattie ...
 Liam Spector (10 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Glen Martin (10 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Rick Turner (9 episodes, 2014-2016)
Claire Rafferty ...
 Christine Larkin (9 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Tom Anderson (9 episodes, 2014-2016)
Kelly Gough ...
 Hagstrom (9 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Reed Smith (9 episodes, 2013-2014)
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 Annie Brawley (8 episodes, 2013-2016)
Tara Lynne O'Neill ...
 Martina Dean (8 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Brian Stone (7 episodes, 2013-2014)
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 Daisy Drake (7 episodes, 2014-2016)
Siobhan McSweeney ...
 Mary McCurdy (7 episodes, 2013-2014)
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 Tom Stagg (7 episodes, 2014-2016)
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A psychological thriller that examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around Belfast and the other is a talented Detective Superintendent from the MET who is brought in to catch him. Written by vhavnal

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When the hunter becomes the hunted. See more »

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Jamie Dornan originally auditioned for the part of a police officer. See more »

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Early in the series, Burns tells Stella that he's riding in a reinforced car in keeping with the dangerous climate in Belfast. Later, when Ferrington approaches to tell Burns and Stella about the Peter Piper development, Burns lowers the rear window, which wouldn't normally be possible in an armored vehicle. See more »

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Jim Burns: Why are women emotionally and spiritually so much stronger than men?
Stella Gibson: Because the basic human form is female. Maleness is... a kind of birth defect.
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Excellent Combo of Prime Suspect & Red Riding Trilogy
6 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And note that both my nods to great crime thrillers were directed to British productions. The hunt for a serial killer gets a complicated but teeth-gnashing treatment in this beautifully produced series, The Fall. Gillian Anderson plays Stella Gibson, a focused, rather humorless, detective who takes control of the investigation once she ascertains that recent murders are indeed the work on one killer. She doesn't have to fight the battles that plagued Jane Tennyson, however. The male officers pretty much cede control and follow her lead & respect her authority and insight. But she is like Tennyson in that she's sacrificed the personal for the professional, indulging in the occasional "sweet night" to satisfy her sexual desires.

The first episode will definitely hook you. It is as creepy as anything I've seen as we watch the killer stalk his victim and commit his crime. Like the film, The Boston Strangler, we know who the killer is upfront--the thrill is in wondering if he'll succeed in thwarting the hunt. On many levels, the killer remains enigmatic through the season.

How I wish American shows--like the recently launched Hannibal--were as top-drawer as this one. Wonderful writing, good subplots, deftly drawn characters that present realistically, not cartoonishly. It's astonishing that yet another serial killer hunt series can provide a story that so skillfully hooks an audience.


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