The Fall writer Allan Cubitt has said he feels hurt and upset at suggestions that he is misogynistic.
The BBC series – which stars Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson, a cop on the trail of a serial killer (Jamie Dornan) – has come in for criticism for its depiction of male violence and was once described as “an invitation to share an extended rape fantasy”.
Allan told the Radio Times: “I do feel hurt. I was very upset by the implications of what was said – because whose fantasy would it be but mine?
“Being accused of misogyny when you’re not a misogynistic person, and indeed your entire raison d’etre is the reverse of that, feels like an artistic failure.”
However, the 64-year-old said he understands that he has no way of controlling the response to his work.
“People will bring what they will bring to bear,” he said.
The writer does not feel the show has indulged itself when it comes to the violence.
He pointed out that there was only one female death in The Fall across the first 11 episodes – the character of Sarah Kay.
Allan continued: “The other ones are reported, but I only showed the murder of one woman on screen, which I needed to do to show what it was that Paul Spector [Jamie's character] was about.
“I don’t expect to be applauded for my restraint, but I do think that compared with a great many other dramas I could mention The Fall has never indulged itself in that way.”
The third series of The Fall starts this month. This week’s Radio Times is on sale on Tuesday.