Writer hints at fourth series of cult crime drama The Fall
As filming begins for series three of The Fall - the BBC's award-winning cult thriller set in Belfast - the author is already hinting that a fourth series is on the cards.
At the climax of the last series audiences were left reeling as Jamie Dornan's sexy psychopath Paul Spector, critically injured in an ambush, lay bleeding in the arms of Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, played by former X-Files star Gillian Anderson.
Anderson and Northern Ireland hunk Dornan reprise their roles as icy policewoman and twisted strangler when series three picks up at the moment where the series two cliffhanger ended.
But already writer/director Allan Cubitt is dropping the broadest of hints that there will be a fourth outing for the popular drama.
"I've been on a very exciting journey over the last five years with Stella Gibson and Paul Spector - the central characters of The Fall - and I'm thrilled to have recently started filming the third instalment of their macabre, obsessive dance of death," the crime writer said.
"Gillian and Jamie have lived and breathed those characters during that time and I've been incredibly well-served as both writer and director by their stellar performances.
"Obviously, I don't want to give anything away about how the third series will end, but I can say that I am looking forward to working with both Gillian and Jamie again in the near future."
It's a prospect that will thrill fans of the tense thriller - but could easily undermine the element of suspense necessary to keep dramatic tension at fever pitch.
Filmed in Belfast, The Fall was one of the BBC's most-watched drama series of 2014, attracting an average of 3.3 million riveted viewers.
It has been sold to 200 countries across the world.
Both Anderson and Dornan have been honoured by the television industry for their performances in the intense, ultra-noir award-winning show.
Created, written and directed by Cubitt, and produced by Fables in association with Artist Studio for BBC Two, the five-part series is currently in production in Northern Ireland.
Some critics have slammed the crime drama, accusing it of glamorising violence against women.
However, Anderson - now appearing in the BBC's lavish adaptation of Tolstoy's War And Peace - rejected these accusations. She's already stressed that the role of Stella Gibson is a career highlight
"It's unfounded. It's not gratuitous in any way. Rather, it points to the fact that there is still so much violence against women in the world," said Anderson.
Series three will see several new cast members join the roster, including Krister Henriksson (Wallander), Aidan McArdle (Mr Selfridge), Ruth Bradley (Humans), Aisling Bea (Trollied) and Richard Coyle (Crossbones).
Colin Morgan will feature as Detective Sergeant Tom Anderson, while series regulars John Lynch, Valene Kane, Stuart Graham, Bronagh Waugh and Aisling Franciosi are all set to return to the programme.