So if it exists [violence against women] there is truth there. We’re saying this exists in the world, we’re not going to hide it from you and switch to another scene because we’re afraid of how you’re going to react to it. Violence against women exists in our backyards, in every single city in the world and in many cities it’s above the law.
Gillian Anderson re. the criticism of the violence against women that is depicted in The Fall, Front Row, BBC Radio 4 (x)
During the original series that was the case and I fought very hard for parity and it became public. So the fact that they had the audacity to do it again, in this day and age, for something that is so clearly a two hander..that anybody thought that it wouldn’t become public is also mind- boggling.
Gillian Anderson re. her fight for equal pay on The X-Files, Front Row, BBC Radio 4 (x)
When I’m here (London) and I attempt to stay American it feels so wrong and it doesn’t work. I can’t be around my kids and friends speaking in a British accent without falling into it and it’s the same over there. It feels very strange to continue a British accent. If I do it, it’s deliberate. The natural thing is just that one falls into the other and so to force either one in the opposite place feels like I’m doing something against my nature.
Gillian Anderson on being bidialectal, Front Row, BBC Radio 4 (x)
Whilst Jamie Dornan is excellent as Paul Spector and one half of the show’s driving force, it is unarguably Gillian Anderson that has made The Fall such a standout success for the BBC.
DSI Stella Gibson is brought in to oversee the investigation at the start of the series but is constantly questioned and undermined from the minute she arrives in Belfast. And where weaker writing may have made her a two-dimensional flag-bearer for strong women in predominantly male environments, The Fall’s Stella is complex and fully-rounded.
Despite her flaws, she is unapologetic and unequivocally determined to show up and do her job with the cool demeanour that often stuns her male counterparts. She handles Belfast’s meanest street thugs with the same unwavering manner as she does her lecherous drunken boss.
Season three will bring its own challenges for Stella now that Spector has been apprehended. How will Tom react to her tending to the killer’s wounds over his given their involvement? Will Stella be blamed for the mess that unfolded in the woods? Will she finally be able to make sure Spector answers for his crimes?
No matter the outcome, in Gibson,The Fall has a female character that we really need more of and we hope that Gillian Anderson returns with as much an electrifying performance as ever.