BBC America released the tv series Killing Eve in the US back in April 2018. It went down an absolute storm and will be released in the UK on the BBC this autumn. A second series has already been commissioned. What’s all the fuss about? Well, quite a few things actually.
First off, it’s a mix of spy-thriller and detective show. There’s also plenty of unexpected and quirky humour – enough to keep us off-balance, grounded and frequently delighted. The main character of Eve is played by Sandra Oh (of Grey’s Anatomy fame) and she’s on the trail of a Russian female-serial-killer-for-hire. The female leads become obsessed with each other in a fascinating manner – hating each other as much as they are intrigued by each other. The weird but refreshing thing for the viewer is that we feel a conflicted loyalty for the two women throughout (we feel sympathy for the killer in that she had a terrible upbringing and is still being ‘used’ by her ‘handlers’). We await their confrontation with as much dread as bated breath. There are surprising plot twists aplenty, but they all make sense and never harm the credibility of the whole piece (unlike in a show like Sherlock).
Killing Eve does of course have a strong feminist outlook (as the Biblical reference in the title suggests), but the show is never preachy or high-handed about it. It never lets its message get in the way of good old-fashioned entertainment. Hats off to the writer Phoebe Waller Bridge (who also wrote BBC3’s Fleabag).
I enjoyed the series immensely and score it a 9 out of 10. Watch out for it!