It has been announced that The Fall has been recommissioned for a second series.

The third episode of the drama, which stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, was seen on RTÉ One last night and is on BBC Two this evening at 9pm.

The drama focusses on a series of women's deaths in Northern Ireland and the arrival of Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Anderson) to investigate and find the serial killer.

BBC’s Controller of Drama Ben Stephenson said "The Fall has proved both a critical and ratings hit for BBC Two and another reminder of the resurgence of drama on the channel.

"With more of Allan Cubitt's intricate and thrilling plot revelations yet to unfold through the captivating performances of Gillian and Jamie, a second series is a must.

"Obviously we can't give too much away as the first series builds to a gripping cliffhanger, but what we can say is it will be surprising and intense as the first."

Writer Allan Cubitt said: "The BBC has been an incredibly supportive partner in this project, and working with BBC NI and the Artists Studio has been the best experience of my career to date.

"I always envisioned The Fall as a returning series and wish to congratulate both Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan who have played their parts to perfection."

Simon Delaney, John Lynch, Michael McElhatton, Emmett Scanlan and Archie Panjabi also star in the series.