Killing Eve is a British spy thriller television series, produced in the United Kingdom by Sid Gentle Films for BBC America. The series follows Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer); as the chase progresses, the two develop a mutual obsession. It is based on the Villanelle novel series by Luke Jennings. Each of the show’s seasons features a different female showrunner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge was head writer of season one, while Emerald Fennell took over for season two. Suzanne Heathcote is set to assume the role for season three.
The first season of eight episodes was ordered on November 15, 2016, and premiered on April 8, 2018. Shortly before its premiere, BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season, which premiered on April 7, 2019. The following day, BBC America renewed the series for a third season. The show has been highly successful in both the United States and the United Kingdom, receiving critical acclaim for both the first and second seasons. The first season had unbroken weekly ratings growth among young adults especially, which no other television show had accomplished in more than a decade.
Killing Eve has received critical acclaim and several accolades, including a Peabody Award and the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. Oh won the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics’ Choice Award and received two consecutive nominations for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Comer and Fiona Shaw have also received Primetime Emmy Awardnominations for their performances and won British Academy Television Awards for Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.