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Northern Ireland viewers angry as The Fall is blocked again by RTE

DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) star in The Fall
Staff Reporter

"THE wait is finally over" declared the RTÉ Guide as the hit drama The Fall returned to TV screens - but the wait goes on for northern viewers.

Fans of the show again were angry and disappointed on Sunday night when RTÉ blocked the start of latest series in the north.

Series three of the programme premiered on RTÉ on Sunday night, but for viewers in the Republic only.

The drama will only hit screens in the north on Thursday when it airs on BBC, as last night's transmission was 'geoblocked' north of the border.

However, some viewers last night claimed to be able to watch it on Sky while it was blocked on Virgin Media at the same time.

Co Down actor Jamie Dornan plays the central role in the cat and mouse chase between his serial killer character Paul Spector and detective Stella Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson.

The BBC crime drama is produced in association with RTÉ.

Viewers were left on the edge of their seats at the conclusion to the second series as Spector lay bleeding in the arms of Detective Superintendent Gibson.

Two years ago, some northern viewers were able to watch two episodes on the state broadcaster before it was blocked, prompting outcry on social media.

RTÉ said the airing of the first two episodes had been "unintentional".

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