By SARA LARKHAM
BBC NI's creepy Belfast based thriller series The Fall is ripe for a sequel says one of its stars.
The series starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan has been BBC2's biggest hit drama since Rome in 2006 - pulling in 3.8m viewers on Monday nights.
Bronagh Waugh, who plays serial killer Paul Spector's (Dornan) unsuspecting wife Sally Ann in The Fall, says the five part series lends itself perfectly to a sequel and would be "fantastic".
BBC Northern Ireland is staying tightlipped on the possibility of a second series with a spokesperson saying only its "too early to say at this stage".
The Fall is written and produced by Allan Cubitt whose previous hits include Prime Suspect 2 with Helen Mirren as Detective Jane Tennison.
Like Mirren's Tennison, Anderson's enigmatic DSI Stella Gibson has become an instant favourite with viewers - and there is speculation that the former X-Files star has signed a deal for a second series of The Fall which includes a role as executive producer.
Bronagh Waugh told Sunday Life: "I think a sequel would be fantastic and I think the story lends itself to it as hopefully the audience will be on the edge of their seats by the last episode and dying to find out what's next.
"But ultimately, I guess, a sequel will be down to the audience and whether they take The Fall into their hearts and minds and want to see more. I hope so."
The Coleraine born star's role as hardworking nurse and mum-of- two Sally Ann is very different from her best known role as bubbly blonde Cheryl Brady in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.
"I wanted to make Sally Ann very understated, gentle, raw and real," she explains. She says working with screen husband Jamie Dornan was "an absolute pleasure" although both found their roles "nervewracking" at times.
Jamie plays a mild mannered grief counsellor and loving dad by day while Sally Ann is unaware of his night time activities as a stalker and killer of brunettes - believing he is spending his nights as a volunteer at a suicide prevention helpline.
"I think for both Jamie and I there was a lot of territory that we had never covered before and that was quite nerve-wracking and new to us. But my approach is always to be very honest and go 'Hey...this is really scary for me...but let's do this together and support each other as a team'.
"By the end of the shoot I think we got to know each other a lot better and felt very comfortable around each other - God, you have to be with the amount of times we had to take our clothes off in front of each other!"
But Bronagh made a point of not watching Jamie's violent scenes.
She revealed: "While we were filming I didn't want to see any of the footage of Jamie doing bad things or being creepy as to Sally Ann he's just her loving husband.
"It was very important for me to separate the two CHILLING: and so for all of my scenes he's just my loving husband and father of my children. I think this makes it all the more frightening for the audience as they can see this monster of a murderer in one breath and then see his very intimate private life with his family who are completely oblivious to his double life.
"This to me, is fascinating but also terrifying to see such a human side to the monster."
The actress said it was an honour to be part of The Fall.
"I am so proud of this production and the fact that it is filmed in Belfast by so many people who all hail from the North - it's a showcase not only for Northern Ireland Dornan but the people of Northern Ireland as well.
"I'"I'm immensely proud of being from here so to be a part of such a fantastic production that is set in Belfast was just great. Plus, I'm really chuffed it shows the city off in such a modern and diverse light... it's Belfast in 2013!
"I think what is incredible is how many productions and films have been made over here in the last few years. Despite there being a recession, Northern Ireland's film industry is booming what with Game of Thrones being shot over here and the BBC bringing so much work here. Northern Ireland Screen have worked really hard to market N.I. as a great backdrop for filming and the fact that we have one of the largest indoor film studios (the Paint Hall) makes it a very desirable location.
"But we can always do better - we have such skilled crew members, talented actors and stunning scenery that I would like to see more being filmed over here."
Bronagh has just just set up her own production company up called Yer Ma Productions and she's working on some comedy drama projects for TV.
"I'"I'd love to eventually set up some sort of training facility in Belfast for young people - like a drama school - that's a longterm goal."
The Fall has won critical acclaim in Britain with the Observer last week describing The Fall as "grippingly unnerving" while both The Times and Daily Mail TV critics gave the second episode four out of five stars - the Mail's Deborah Ross hailed it as "the most compelling show on television for a good while".
>>I'm proud of being from here and I'm chuffed that the series shows off the city in such a modern and diverse light... it's Belfast in 2013!
Originally published by SARA LARKHAM.
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