Once upon a time, not too long ago, big TV series would be discussed around the office watercooler.
While ITV2’s summer sizzler Love Island has gone some way to bringing that back, for television dramas the choice is now so vast that everyone is watching something different. And, thanks to TV on-demand, even if people are watching the same series, it’s likely to be at a different pace.
Take Killing Eve. Viewers were chomping at the bit in anticipation of series 2, which aired in the US two months before it landed in the UK. Once it arrived, fans had the choice of binge-watching the whole series in one go via iPlayer, or savouring it over eight Saturday nights on BBC One.
Enter the podcast. Vice UK executive editor Zing Tsjeng and model Naomi Shimada host Obsessed with… Killing Eve, the BBC’s official companion podcast, produced by Chalk & Blade.
In each instalment, superfans Tsjeng and Shimada dissect an episode of the show, alongside guests including Queer Eye’s Tan France and psychopathy consultant Mark Freestone.
There are also bonus episodes featuring interviews with stars of the show Kim Bodnia, who played Konstantin, and Henry Lloyd-Hughes, the actor behind the loathsome Aaron Peel.
The pair cover topics millennial women would discuss down the pub – if we still went to pubs instead of making DIY Aperol spritzers at home.
These range from Villanelle’s wardrobe to how the show portrays sexual dynamics and queerness on mainstream TV, plus plenty of outrageous anecdotes of their own.
By Pippa Shawley