The Fall beats BBC Two ratings records

Gillian Anderson's new show 'The Fall' scored BBC Two their highest ratings for a drama premiere in eight years on Monday night (13.05.13)

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Gillian Anderson in 'The Fall'

Gillian Anderson in 'The Fall'

'The Fall' has scored BBC Two its biggest drama ratings in eight years.

The new psychological thriller - which stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan - was a surprise hit and premiered with 3.6 millions viewers on Monday night (13.05.13), making it the highest rated drama series launch on the channel since 2005's 'Rome' .

Stephen Wright, BBC Head of Drama Northern Ireland, said: "I am thrilled with the audience's response to episode one of 'The Fall' and delighted for Allan Cubitt who created the show.

"It is a testament to the talent and dedication of the cast and crew in Belfast where Line Of Duty, series two is currently shooting."

'The Fall' focuses on the lives of two very different hunters; a serial killer (Jamie) who randomly picks out victims in the Belfast area, and a Detective Superintendent (Gillian) on secondment from the MET who is brought in to hunt him down.

The gripping show is broken into five different instalments slowly uncovering the interconnected lives of both killer and victims' families.

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama, added: "In a week that has seen BBC Drama enjoy record success at the BAFTAs, winning seven out of eight awards, it's particularly gratifying to see the audience reaction to the launch of BBC Two's new original British drama 'The Fall' - an outstandingly imagined piece of series television."

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