‘Killing Eve’ is a drama television series that is British-made but was produced for BBC America and was aired in the United States before it was aired in Britain. However, viewers in both countries were lucky enough to see this exciting drama in 2018. They can now look forward to the second season of the series as it has already been renewed by BBC America. Here are 10 things you might not know about ‘Killing Eve’.
1. It is Based on a Novella Series
The series is based on a novella series by Luke Jennings called ‘Codename Villanelle’. This is a series of four eBook thriller novellas that were published between 2014 and 2016.
2. The Screenplay Was Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
The series was developed by actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and she was the lead screenwriter for the series. She is also known as the writer of and lead actress in the hit comedy series ‘Fleabag’.
3. Sandra Oh Was Surprised to Land the Lead Role
Actress Sandra Oh plays the lead role of Eva Polastri. Prior to this role, Oh was best-known for playing Christina Yang in the medical drama series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
4. The Series Has Won an Award
This series has been well received, both by viewers and by critics. For this reason, it has been nominated for multiple awards. It has won the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding New Program. Individuals who have performed in the series or who are involved in either the writing or production of the series have also been nominated for individual awards.
5. It Was Shot in Many Locations Across Europe
Many interesting locations across Europe were during the shooting of this series, in addition to the shooting that took place at West London Film Studios. Some of the locations included London, Cheshunt, Turville, Paris, Romania, Berlin, and Tuscany. Two of the most interesting British locations used were Nell’s Café near Gravesend, Kent, and Reading Prison in Berkshire.
6. The Final Episode of Season One Had Over a Million Viewers
In the United States, 1.335 million people watched the final episode of season one of ‘Killing Eve’. This combined the 0.701 viewers who watched the episode on television and the 0.633 DVR viewers. This was the most popular episode of the season. In fact, viewing figures gradually grew with each episode as the first episode was watched by just 0.771 people. As the series had weekly ratings with an unbroken increase, it became the only series to achieve this in over a decade.
7. It Has Enjoyed More Popularity in the UK Than the United States
Although this series is British made, it was originally made for BBC America. It has both British and American actors and elements of the series that will appeal to both markets. However, while the series has enjoyed success in the United States, it has proved even more popular in the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, the series was shown both on BBC One and on stream-only BBC Three. The combined viewing figure for the very first episode was 5.42 million viewers within the first seven days of the series’ release. The series was also popular in Ireland, which was the first country in Europe to air the series.
8. Season One Had a Huge Body Count
‘Killing Eve’ is not a series for the faint-hearted as season one had a huge body count. In fact, a total of 27 people died. The deaths consisted of 18 Villanelle murders, six people murdered by other characters, one person killed by Villanelle in self-defense, one accidental death, and one suicide.
9. Some Driving Scenes Involved Parked Cars Being Lifted
In some of the driving sequences filmed in Romania, a low loader car rig was needed to complete the scenes. This was sometimes impeded by parked cars. To resolve this, Romanian men would come along and simply pick up the cars to move them. Sandra Oh has said that this was the most fun part of filming the series.
10. Episodes Were Directed by Three Directors in Season One
There were three directors responsible for the first season of this drama series. The first two episodes were directed by Harry Bradbeer with episodes three to five directed by Jon East. Damon Thomas directed the final three episodes of season one of ‘Killing Eve’.