I’m far from the only person who thought BBC America’s Killing Eve was the best new TV series of 2018. Metacritic reported that Killing Eve appeared on more critics’ 2018 Top Ten lists than any other show, The Guardian and Time named it best of 2018, and the Tomatometer stands at 97%.
And then there’s this, from Netflix:
The thing is, Killing Eve isn’t a Netflix show; it streams on Hulu. Netflix demonstrated real class by promoting programming on a rival streaming service, simply because the show is so damn good.
For those arriving late, Sandra Oh plays Eve Polastri, a mid-level civil servant convinced that a female hired killer is behind a string of assassinations. That leads to her recruitment by a shadowy little MI-6 operation run by Fiona Shaw’s Carolyn Marten. The assassin is Villanelle, the charming, stylish, and very funny psychopath played by Jodie Comer.
When BBC America saw what it had with Killing Eve, it commissioned a second series of the show before any episodes of the first season had aired. Very smart move, BBC America.
That second series will begin its run on 7 April 2019.*
*That’s one week before the 14 April 2019 return of Game of Thrones.
“April is the cruelest month”? Ha! T. S. Eliot obviously didn’t subscribe to the right streaming services.