In what is a uniquely structured agreement with Endeavor Content, the BBC has acquired the UK rights to BBC America’s new original drama series Killing Eve, which hails from Flebag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The package gives the Beeb the rights to air the show on both BBC One and BBC Three.
Killing Eve will get a premiere linear run in a prime-time slot on BBC One, while BBC Three will make it available as a box-set on the iPlayer. This marks the first U.S. scripted acquisition for BBC Three since the channel became an online-only branded channel on the iPlayer in 2016. It is also an extremely rare pick up for BBC One, which hasn’t been home to U.S. scripted series in years.
Penned by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve follows Eve, a bored MI5 security officer whose desk job does not fulfil her fantasies of being a spy. When Eve is tasked with tracking down Villanelle – a fearsome assassin clinging to the luxuries her violent job affords her – before she can strike again, the two women are thrown into a cat-and-mouse game that turns the traditional spy-thriller on its head. The drama series is produced by Sid Gentle Ltd and stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, David Haig, Kim Bodnia, Darren Boyd, Sean Delaney, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Owen McDonnell.
“I’m delighted that BBC Three will partner with BBC One to bring audiences Killing Eve”, Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, said in a statement. “It is one of the most exciting series of recent times and not only do we get to work with Phoebe again, who is a fantastic writer with a unique voice, the brilliant Jodie Comer will be back on BBC Three after her star turn in Thirteen.”
While the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition Sue Deeks added: “Killing Eve is a startlingly original thriller. In turn both laugh-out-loud funny and edge-of-your-seat gripping, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has filled her new series with an array of wonderful characters brought to life by a dream cast.” The BBC is now home to four U.S. scripted acquisitions across their network of channels: Killing Eve on BBC One and BBC Three; and American Crime Story, Feud and Snowfall on BBC Two.
Check out BBC America’s trailer for Killing Eve below: