BBC America has turned to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for its next original series, giving the green light to an eight-episode drama Killing Eve.
Waller-Bridge, an actress who appeared in 2011’s The Iron Lady as well as the second season of iTV’s Broadchurch, will lead the series as a writer, which has yet to be cast. Although she may be most familiar to people as an actor, Waller-Bridge actually has had tremendous success not just as a playwright, but also in translating those plays into television productions.
One such success is Fleabag, the comedic story about a young woman coping with London life while dealing with tragedy, which made its way first to BBC Three in the United Kingdom, and then worldwide on Amazon.
The new show Killing Eve, according to BBC America, focuses on a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down. It’s a combination of brutal mischief-making and pathos, “filled with sharp humor, originality and high-stakes action.”
Sarah Barnett, the president of BBC America, said in a statement that Killing Eve is a “brilliantly fresh take on the cat-and-mouse thriller.”
“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, Codename Villanelle. Jennings is a former Vanity Fair and The New Yorker journalist who has since turned to fiction. He also wrote the young adult series Stars with his daughter, Laura Jennings.
Eve and Villanelle are the two primary characters in the story, with Eve a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle, on the other hand, is a talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her.
The series is expected to arrive at BBC America in 2018. In the meantime, the cable channel is set to import the crime drama Undercover about a British attorney trying to save the life of an American prisoner on death row. That series starts Nov. 16.
BBC America also will show the animated recreation of a classic Doctor Who episode, The Power of the Daleks, on Nov. 19, followed by the Doctor Who Christmas special with Peter Capaldi on Dec. 25.
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