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BBC to air Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Killing Eve

Killing Eve

Story by Jack Foley

THE BBC has nabbed the UK rights to the highly anticipated new thriller series Killing Eve, from Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, the eight-part adaptation stars Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster).

The former plays Eve, a bored MI5 security officer whose desk job does not fulfil her fantasies of being a spy.

Comer, meanwhile, is Villanelle, a fearsome assassin clinging to the luxuries her violent job affords her.

When Eve is tasked with tracking down Villanelle before she can strike again, the two women are thrown into a cat-and-mouse game that turns the traditional spy-thriller on its head.

Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), David Haig (Four Weddings And A Funeral) and Kim Bodnia (The Bridge) also star.

Commenting on the series, Damian Kavanagh, 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 Programme 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.”

Killing Eve will make its debut in a prime time slot on BBC One, before being made available as a box set on iPlayer via BBC Three.