Killing Eve

Jodie Comer: The woman behind TV's most ruthless villain

With a wardrobe to die for and a closet of weapons that would impress an international arms dealer, Comer’s refreshing portrayal of the free-spirited assassin threw all of television’s gendered troupes out the window. Cold, ruthless and carefree, Villanelle is not your typical female character in a spy drama.

“This role should be stereotypically one-dimensional and probably played by a man, but Phoebe [Waller-Bridge] has completely turned all those stereotypes on their head,” says Comer.

BBC announces Killing Eve series three UK air date

The new weekly episodes will be available to stream every Monday from 6am and air on BBC One on Sundays at 9pm, starting from Sunday 19th April. 

SPOILERS AHEAD 

The second series finale ended with a shock twist as Villanelle (Jodie Comer) appears to finally achieve her mission of 'killing Eve' when she shoots Eve (Sandra Oh) in Rome and leaves her for dead.

Memorable TV performances of the decade

(credit: BBC/Luke Varley/Two Brothers/AMC/ITV)

Series binging over weekly releases has become the new norm, and brand new, high-quality TV content seems to be in endless supply.

The competition for viewers’ attention has intensified tenfold, and the leading broadcasters have risen to the challenge.

At the beginning of a new decade, we look back at some of the most memorable performances and series of the last ten years.

 

Killing Eve renewed for a fourth series

The second series finale sees Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh) go on the run together after Carolyn’s (Fiona Shaw) betrayal. However, when Eve discovers that Villanelle had a gun on her and could have prevented Eve from killing Raymond, she decides to walk away.

The shock final scenes sees assassin Villanelle shoot Eve and leave her for dead in Rome.

Production begins for Killing Eve season three

Dame Harriet Walter and Danny Sapani (Credit: BBC)

Based on the Codename Villanelle novels by Luke Jennings, the third installment of the award-winning spy thriller continues from the explosive second series finale.

After a surprising betrayal by Carolyn Martens (Fiona Shaw), Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is shot by assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and left for dead in Rome.

Lydia Noakes’s TV Diary

Lydia Noakes (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

My week starts the way it has done most Mondays for the past three years – sitting in a university library. There’s one big difference. At this time of year, there is a veil of calm. The underlying current of stress has dissipated. It’s a big change from the tensions of exam season a month ago.

Chairs stand unoccupied and academic books are tossed aside. I am finally on my last chapter. This one is entitled “The real world of television”.

Top 10 best female villains on TV

Villanelle (Jodie Comer) Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) (Credit: BBC/HBO/Netflix)

To celebrate the return of Killing Eve's Villanelle, one of the best Machiavellian figures on TV right now, we have compiled a list of some of the best female TV villains to hit our screens.

These anti-heroes have the confidence to pursue their goals no matter what the cost. Their ruthlessness and dedication is often what makes them so captivating to watch.

These are the women you don’t want to get on the wrong side of.

Killing Eve release air date for series two

Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and  Villanelle (Jodie Comer) (Credit: BBC/BBC America/Sid Gentle Films)

RTS award-winner Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh return to lead the series as assassin on the run, Villanelle (Comer), and MI5 officer in pursuit, Eve Polastri (Oh).

“Eve’s journey in season two takes her to a psychologically dark place,” said Oh.

“Her personality starts to change because she foregoes a lot of her friendships to solve a new mystery and ultimately succeed in her job.”