Metropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson , a senior investigating officer who reviews investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland PSNI to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active for longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent that a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast. As time passes Stella's team works tirelessly to build a case but they are met with complications inside and outside the PSNI. Cubitt said that he originally was researching another show he was planning on writing and read a book on the BTK "Bind, Torture, Kill" serial killer , Dennis Rader. Cubitt found the structure of the book intriguing, which began with a look at the BTK Killer's attack that was possible because of Rader's testimony, his documentary evidence and the extensive forensic evidence that was gathered from the scene of the crime. Cubitt created a structure where the killer is identified immediately, eliminating the whodunit aspect of many stories. The focus could then become the motives for the killings and on the insights that might be gained about the psychology of the killer, even in the face of what might be considered a normal, functioning person with a job, wife and children. Cubitt said this was the starting point that interested him: how this supposedly normally functioning person would then be connected to the crimes. BBC Two renewed the show for a second series on 27 May Instead Cubitt would direct, with production due to begin in February
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However, Spector does all he can to thwart her, locking them into a deadly duel. Jim Burns visits an unfrocked paedophile, Father Jensen, in prison. Years ago he ran an orphanage attended by Spector, though then he was Peter Baldwin, later adopted by the Spectors, which was when Spector admits to his lawyers and later to Tom Anderson that he was involved in the London murder eight years earlier but, when Stella suggests Alvarez took the blame out of gratitude for saving him See the full list. The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart. A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car. Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime. DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.
The Fall has never been subtle about the fact that its two primary characters, the police detective Stella Gibson Gillian Anderson and the serial killer Paul Spector Jamie Dornan , are opposing sides of the same coin. Stella swims; Paul jogs. Stella is childless and romantically unattached; Paul is a married man with two young children. Stella hates misogyny; Paul hates, and murders, women. That these two dueling forces have proven over three seasons to be not so different after all should come as no surprise. The third season, which was recently released in its entirety on Netflix, continues to probe the dynamics of the relationship between Stella and Paul. But for all its psychological, almost literary complexity, it loses much of its narrative steam. In the first season, which aired on BBC in , Stella is introduced as a senior detective from the London Metropolitan Police Force brought over to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to oversee a review of the local investigation of a murder. From the very first episode, the audience is aware of the identity of the killer, with Paul shown meticulously stalking one of his intended victims. In another, he breaks into her hotel room, rifles through her clothes and intimate possessions, and reads her diary.