New British Thriller The Fall with Gillian Anderson Already Streaming on Netflix

Gillian Anderson tracks a serial killer in "The Fall". (Screenshot)
Gillian Anderson tracks a serial killer in "The Fall". (Screenshot)
Americans won’t have to wait very long to watch Gillian Anderson’s latest project, the psychological thriller The Fall. In fact, you can watch it right now.

Popular entertainment service Netflix is already streaming the five-part drama – before it’s even finished airing in the UK! And since everyone you know has probably already gotten a Netflix subscription thanks to the return of Arrested Development, why not take the time to try out some excellent-looking British drama while you’re at it.

 The five-part drama stars Anderson as DS Stella Gibson, a talented detective on the trail of a serial murderer named Paul Spector (played by Jamie Dornan) in Belfast. The story follows the police investigation, uncovering an intricate web of lives entangled by the killings.

Watch the trailer below. It’s got a very dark, Prime Suspect-ish feel, but it looks quite good. 

The Fall debuted as BBC Two’s highest rated drama since 2005 and has already been re-commissioned for a second season.

It’s lovely to see Netflix joining Hulu and streaming British programs which might otherwise never find an American distributor – and doing so close to their actual UK airings! (In fact, Americans can actually stream the entire series on Netflix at the moment and the final episode doesn’t actually screen in the UK until June 10! Thanks, Netflix!) The fact that this broadcasting strategy of providing greater access to current British shows online seems to be catching on should be making Anglophiles seven shades of excited, because it certainly does seem to be working on some level for these distributors. Fingers crossed for even more of this kind of thing in the future!


Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Twitter at @LacyMB