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The Fall 3: Is Jamie Dornan among cast back in Belfast to start filming?

What will be the fate of Paul Spector?

By Claire Williamson

Are you ready to embrace the darkness again - because the cast of The Fall have returned to Belfast to start filming series three.

It's been a long wait since the end of Season 2 but now filming has started again- edging us ever closer to finding out the fate of serial killer Paul Spector.

Series two of The Fall, which stars Holywood-born actor Jamie Dornan and former X-Files star Gillian Anderson in a cat-and-mouse chase, ended with an excruciating cliff-hanger as Dornan lay shot in the arms of detective Stella Gibson.

The last words heard were Gibson desperately shouting "we're losing him" while Spector appeared to fall out of consciousness.

Anderson plays detective Stella Gibson, seconded to Belfast from the Metropolitan Police, to sniff out serial killer Spector (Dornan) who stalks the city streets for his female prey.

In March the BBC announced the return of the BBC2 thriller - much to the delight of fans - with a five-part run which will bring the story to a close.

Social media has been ablaze with excitement as Jamie Dornan was reportedly spotted at a Belfast airport on Monday.

The BBC confirmed that filming of the highly-anticipated series three of the hit show started on Monday November 30. But they could not disclose what members of the cast were back in Belfast.

The official Twitter account of The Fall has since tweeted a picture of the first scene shot from series three with the ominous caption: "The life of a killer hangs in the balance".

Actress Bronagh Taggart who plays DC Gail McNally in the programme tweeted her boarding pass from London to Belfast with the caption, "Ok, I'm ready to embrace the darkness. Again."

While actor Gerard McCarthy who played solicitor Kevin McSwain, tweeted a series of suggestive emoticons with the caption 'Lights camera action.'

Meanwhile producer Julian Stevens tweeted good luck to the cast "for the start of filming The Fall 3".

Dornan, who shot to global fame when he took on the lead role of Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey,will re-join Gillian Anderson in the third series of the Belfast-based hit crime drama.

The first scene shot from The Fall series 3. Pic. The Fall Official.
The first scene shot from The Fall series 3. Pic. The Fall Official.

Written by Allan Cubitt, the mini-series, shot entirely in Northern Ireland, became BBC2's biggest drama launch in eight years when it aired in May 2013. It was well received by critics and audience alike and won a number of accolades.

Speaking previously writer and director Allan Cubitt said: “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.”

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?”

Season two brought in more than three million viewers making it one of BBC Two’s highest performing dramas of 2014. And around 3.6 million tuned into the feature-length finale last December.

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