Killing Eve: Starring Sandra Oh

There are many reasons to celebrate–and enjoy–Killing Eve, the British spy thriller TV series, which is nominated for multiple Emmy Awards.

First and foremost is its subject, a convincingly eccentric heroine, placed in a compelling narrative that is sharply written.

The series follows Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer).¬† The cat-and-mouse chase progresses from one event to another, with the two femmes¬† developing a peculiar rapport that’s nothing short of reciprocal obsession.

I am not familiar with the source material, the well-respected Villanelle novel series by Luke Jennings.

Each of the show’s seasons features a different female showrunner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (scoring big right now in Fleabag) was head writer of season one, Emerald Fennell took over for season two, and Suzanne Heathcote should assume the role for season three.

Yes, all three showrunners are bright women, who bring a distinctly female 9if not light feminist) perspective to the show. I can only speculate how male writers would have approach the same literary source.

The first season of 8 episodes premiered on April 8, 2018, and soon after, the estimable BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season, which premiered on April 7, 2019, and then renewed it for a third season.

Widely acclaimed, the first season had weekly ratings growth with young adults, which, reportedly few other TV shows had achieved in years.