Still not seen Killing Eve? 4 reasons you must watch it

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s breakout BBC America series depicts the romance and rivalry between two very different women - and it's one of the best female-led programmes in recent years. Late to the Killing Eve party? It should be a big winner at tonight's Emmys (if Game of Thrones doesn't steal its thunder), and here are more reasons you should binge-watch season 1 if you haven't already done so. 


The cast (who deserve all the awards going)

 

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Sandra Oh, who plays M.I.5 investigator Eve, sent to track an assassin known only as Villanelle, was one of the best in Grey’s Anatomy, but she is at her best here, giving a Golden Globe-winning performance in the series. Her comic timing alone is pure gold. Audiences may not be as familiar with British actress Jodie Comer (Villanelle), but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t killing it (pun intended) as Chloe in My Mad Fat Diary and as Kate in BBC’s Doctor Foster. She is extraordinary on screen; speaking in multiple accents, in multiple languages with varying personalities. Oh has received much deserved praise, but Comer deserves it equally.

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Throw in a couple of stellar supporting performances from Irish actress, Harry Potter’s Fiona Shaw (she's hilariously brilliant) and The Bridge’s Kim Bodnia and you’ve got yourself a television force to be reckoned with. The show also became a milestone for diversity after Oh became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated - and win - the lead actress category at the Golden Globes.

The plot (always with a twist)

 

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How often do we see women's relationships being depicted on screen with such complexity? Women are generally seen as BFFs or enemies from the word go but in Killing Eve, the women are much more than that; mutually obsessed with each other, what starts as a game of cat and mouse quickly becomes more like two cats none-too-secretly loving the chase. Despite their differences (and er, killing sprees in some cases), both women are continually drawn together.

Eve often fears Villanelle but is simultaneously fascinated with her and her life so different from her own mundaneness. While Villanelle remains intrigued with Eve's mutual interest in her - she suspects Eve has a wilder, untamed side which is hiding underneath the surface. Their relationship is something we aren't used to seeing on screen in that they should be mortal enemies. This is, what makes the writing so wonderful; it should be a traditional spy drama but its distinct female perspective means you are continually left guessing - and surprised at the outcome.

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The fashion (it is its own subplot)

 

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Another unique element to the series is its use of fashion. In this show, femininity equals power - something frequently deemed a weakness when it comes to women in film and TV - and Villanelle, in particular, isn't afraid to use this to her advantage. In fact, she almost capitalises on it, in that her sense of style is frequently used to entrap and enthral her victims. Her clothes are her armour; used to frequently blend in - she slips into a Berlin club ever on-trend wearing a dandified Dries Van Noten brocade suit - or stand out - who could forget her sulkily attending a mandatory psychiatric evaluation in a flouncy saccharine-pink Molly Goddard gown?

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Fashion is also used as an erotic playing card. A standout moment is when Eve opens up her lost suitcase, only to discover that Villanelle has stocked it with decadent designer clothing, all in her exact sizes. She tries on a Roland Mouret black-and-ivory dress, fitted like a glove, and is stunned at the femme fatale she sees reflected back at her, a side Villanelle knows is there from the start - it's Eve's fabulous unruly hair which gives the game away - she just wants Eve to see this in herself.

The screenwriter (who rumoured to be working on the new James Bond movie)    

 

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Killing Eve isn't just about a female-led cast; there's plenty of women behind-the-scenes too. Screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge can be best described in two words: Flea Bag. However, she's a tour de force: an actress, writer and producer who is in a league all of her own at the moment. So impressive are her talent and credentials that rumour has it, James Bond himself Daniel Craig, specifically requested Waller-Bridge to work on the script for the upcoming film. If anyone can add some much-needed dimension to the Bond girls we've seen thus far, this is a woman who can. And asides from all that, who else would think to dress Villanelle in a pink, ballerina-esque ball gown during her therapy session?

Seasons 1 and 2 is available to buy on DVD now and the show has been renewed for a third season.  

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