The Fall returned and was as horribly unpleasant and brilliantly gripping as the first series.
This means we can spend between now and Christmas watching the Belfast serial killer drama battling it out with The Missing for the prestigious title of Most Nerve-Wracking Nightmare-Inducing Thriller of The Year.
Both The Missing and The Fall (BBC2’s highest-rating drama launch for eight years) are steadfastly stylish slow burners, having clearly learnt from Broadchurch and The Killing that where intense suspense is concerned, less is more.
The Missing reached the third of its eight episodes on Tuesday.
It ended with the French detective leading the investigation into the abduction of Olly Hughes, the young son of haunted, broken, British tourist Tony Hughes informing him that the police had recovered a video. He then asked one of those questions no one ever wants to hear: ‘Are you sure you want to see it?’
It was a moment of dread, with the answer being both ‘yes, obviously’ and, put it like that, ‘no, definitely not.’
We knew how he felt. We wanted our morbid curiosity to be satisfied at the same time as knowing we would recoil from whatever it showed.
So it proved.
The shaky hand-held footage showed the unmistakable, unbearable, sight of Tony’s son stood at a window as a hand was placed across his mouth and he was dragged away.
The Missing and The Fall are divided by quintessential differences but work in much the same way. (…)
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