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Why Gillian won't blow her top as The Fall returns

By Anthony Barnes

The silk blouse is back – as Gillian Anderson returns to her role as tough Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson in the second series of tense thriller The Fall.

But this time there's not a popped button in sight, as the former X-Files FBI agent joins forces with the PSNI to hunt down a relentless killer.

Work on the dark police thriller started this week in Belfast, with scenes being shot in the city centre. Stella is once again on the trail of serial killer Paul Spector – played by Bangor actor Jamie Dornan, who is also working on the film version of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Anderson was noted for her stylish blouses in the first series, one of which burst open as she was conducting a police Press conference.

But the first still from the new series sees Stella opt for a new buttonless style.

The new series of six hour-long episodes picks up where the first left off, as Stella continues her hunt for the fugitive who has left a trail of women's bodies across Belfast.

Writer and director Allan Cubitt is back in charge of the series.

Although the pair never met on screen, Gibson and Spector's taunting and pursuit gripped viewers to make it BBC2's biggest new drama launch for a decade.

Anderson said: "I'm over the Moon to be back in production with this team again and to step into the shoes of the elusive Stella for what promises to be an even darker second season."

And Dornan – who is set to win a worldwide fan base through his role as Christian Grey in his dramatisation of EL James's tale of erotica – said: "I'm delighted to be back in production for the second series of The Fall.

"Allan Cubitt has outdone himself, and the scripts are stunning."

Also returning to the drama are local actors John Lynch as Assistant Chief Constable Jim Burns, and Bronagh Waugh as Spector's wife Sally-Ann.

Stephen Wright, the head of drama for the BBC in Northern Ireland, said: "We were delighted with the response to series one and can't wait to unleash Allan Cubitt's superb new scripts on the audience."

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