A new scripted-series is coming to BBC America, joining the network during one of its largest expansions of original content ever. BBC America officially announced the new series today, confirming that the network has greenlit the new original scripted series called “Killing Eve”. The eight-episode drama comes from Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Amazon’s Fleabag, UK Channel 4’s Crashing).
According to the network, Killing Eve is a dramatic thriller revolving around a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down. BBC America calls the series a, “combination of brutal mischief making and pathos, filled with sharp humor, originality and high stakes action.” The new series is currently scheduled to launch in 2018.
During the announcement Sarah Barnett, BBC AMERICA President, explained the series saying, “Killing Eve is a brilliantly fresh take on the cat and mouse thriller from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, a major new talent in television. Underneath the deceptively simple and entertaining surface is a subversive, funny, obsessive relationship between two women, that plays out across some of the most and least glamorous locations imaginable.”
The series is based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, and Killing Eve centres on the lives of two very distinct women. The network describes the character Eve as, “a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy.” On the other-hand the character Villanelle ,”is an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her.” BBC America states, “Killing Eve topples the typical spy-action thriller as these two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge will serve as Showrunner and Executive Producer, alongside Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris. The series is produced by Sid Gentle Films. As we mentioned earlier its been a fantastic few years for BBC America. The company has several new projects in the works, including the Doctor Who spinoff “Class,” and it recently just launched the new “Dirk Gentley” series, which I loved. The network will also premiere “Undercover” on November 16th, the animated special “Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks” on November 19th, the “Doctor Who Christmas Special,” and “Planet Earth II” will premiere on January 28th.