BBC has acquired Killing Eve, a new thriller from writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag).
The 8×45-minute series is based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings. It is produced by Sid Gentle Films for BBC America, with Waller-Bridge serving as writer and executive producer. The drama will premiere in a prime-time slot on BBC One, and BBC Three will make it available as a box set on BBC iPlayer.
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) is Eve, a bored MI5 security officer whose desk job does not fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster) is Villanelle, a fearsome assassin clinging to the luxuries her violent job affords her.
Damian Kavanagh, the controller of BBC Three, said: “I’m delighted that BBC Three will partner with BBC One to bring audiences Killing Eve. It is one of the most exciting series of recent times and not only do we get to work with Phoebe again, who is a fantastic writer with a unique voice, the brilliant Jodie Comer will be back on BBC Three after her star turn in Thirteen.”
Sue Deeks, BBC head of program acquisition, added: “Killing Eve is a startlingly original thriller. In turn, both laugh-out-loud funny and edge-of-your-seat gripping, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has filled her new series with an array of wonderful characters brought to life by a dream cast.”