The Fall 'lingered too intimately' on brutal crimes, writer admits

Series 2 of the Belfast-based crime thriller begins in November

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TV thriller The Fall may have “lingered too intimately” on gratuitous violence, one of the show’s creators has admitted.

Writer Allan Cubitt addressed claims the controversial series glamorised violence against women. “It may be that the camera lingered too intimately on certain things," he admitted.

The first series, directed by Jakob Verbruggen, was criticised for showing murder scenes in detail.

Asked if he would have done things differently if he had been directing the first series, Cubitt told Radio Times: "There are many, many things I would have done differently.

"I mean, I was very involved with the editing, but you work with the material you've got."

ACC Jim Burns (John Lynch), DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and Crime Scene Manager Sheldon Scwartz (Michael Colgan) in The Fall

The second series of the BBC2 Belfast-set drama will be broadcast later this month.

Anderson, who plays no-nonsense Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson alongside Jamie Dornan’s serial killer, defended the drama from criticism of the scenes in which the murderer lays out his victims.

"From my perspective, he's posing these women as if they are posing for him - in seduction," she told Radio Times.

"It's not a fashion magazine shoot type thing. It is what turns him on.

"This is the third interview I've done where it's been referred to as glossy and glamorous and that is so far removed from what was intended," she added.