BBC has confirmed a second series of female-led spy thriller Killing Eve.

“A truly genre-busting series that’s had viewers hooked and craving more, thanks to the distinctive voice of Phoebe Waller Bridge brought to life by an incredible cast. We’re really excited to have it back on the BBC next year.” – Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content

Series one made its debut on BBC One and as a boxset on BBC Three on BBC iPlayer last month and has become a massive hit with audiences – there have been over 26 million requests for the series so far. The eight-part action thriller has also been hugely popular in attracting younger viewers, with over a third of those watching aged under 35.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge adapted the first series of Killing Eve and will return for the new series in an executive producer role with writer-actor Emerald Fennell taking over as lead writer. Based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer resume their cat-and-mouse game in the next series along with Fiona Shaw – and joining them are Nina Sosanya, Edward Bluemel and guest star Julian Barrett.

The second run will return with a further eight episodes in 2019. The first series of Killing Eve was shot across Europe, with the second series currently shooting in locations including Amsterdam, London and Paris.

The series was commissioned by BBC America, the commerical stateside channel operated by BBC Worldwide.

“We are thrilled that Killing Eve will be returning for series two. The series has beguiled our viewers with its distinctive take on the spy drama and we cannot wait to see what Killing Eve’s brilliant team has in store for us next!” – Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition

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