The Fall, created, written and directed  by Allan Cubitt, and produced by Fables in association with Artist Studio for BBC Two, has been commissioned for a third series by Kim Shillinglaw, Controller BBC Two and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning.

Following the gripping cliff-hanger of series two, stellar and award-winning lead cast Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan will return as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and serial killer Paul Spector.

The popular psychological thriller will continue the story following the critical and ratings success of season two, which gained a series average of 3.3 million viewers and 12.5% share of the audience, making it one of BBC Two’s highest performing dramas of 2014.  The season finale was watched by 3.6 million consolidated viewers with a 12.7% share.

Writer and director, Allan Cubitt, said, “We’d like to thank the BBC: Kim Shillinglaw, Ben Stephenson and Stephen Wright; for showing such confidence in the drama we have created with Artists Studio. The cliffhanger ending of season two was conceived in the hope of further exploring the characters and the themes that are at the heart of The Fall. We’re grateful to be given this opportunity by the BBC.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama, said, “The story is far from over. Allan has known the end game from the beginning – the cat and mouse game between Gillian and Jamie has one last act to play out. Who will win?”

The 5 X 60 series will return to Belfast as the complex relationship between Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and Paul Spector intensifies and the story of the investigation into the murders becomes more complex and intricate.