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Killing Eve hit BBC iPlayer yesterday and the nation collectively lost its shit. If you didn’t know the black-comedy-cum-psychological-thriller was back, where have you been? Or rather, what have you been doing? We all know you’ve been TV binging for the past 20+ days as there’s not much else to do.

Anyway, the first episode became available yesterday to rather mixed reviews. Here’s what we thought plus everything else you need to know to gear you up for one of the year’s most anticipated series – as if you needed an excuse.

When is it on and how can you watch it?

Keep up, season three, episode one dropped yesterday Monday 13th April. Episodes will drop weekly every Monday at 6am on iPlayer and on BBC One from Sunday 19th April at 9pm. We were going to have to wait until the end of April to start watching the latest series, but the BBC made the decision to bring the iPlayer streaming service forward due to the Coronavirus crisis.

Who’s in it?

Obviously, the brilliant Jodie Comer is back as the ultimate assassin Villanelle and (spoiler alert), despite being shot and left for dead by her at the end of series two, Eve Polanski, played by Sandra Oh, is back too. Some creative license has definitely been used to bring Eve back from what essentially was death, but there wouldn’t really be a show without the brilliant will-they-won’t-they, love-hate duo that is Eve and Villanelle.

Other familiar faces return in the lead episode  – Owen McDonnell as Niko Polastri, Kim Bodnia as Konstantin and Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens. Queen of Period Dramas Dame Harriet Walter is a new addition to the cast, playing a terrifying ex-Russian gymnast and old friend of Villanelle.

But, if you’ve yet to see episode one, it ends in a brutal twist with one of the familiar characters tragically being killed off – or so we think.

Where is it set?

As always, the show travels the world in terms of locations and the settings are pretty spectacular. Episode one alone takes us to Moscow, Barcelona, Girona, even the glamorous streets of New Malden.

We’re sure the rest of the series isn’t going to disappoint in terms of geography, but it will make your lockdown travel FOMO even worse.

Is it still the most fashionable show on TV right now?

Absolutely. Series one and two gave us some of the most memorable looks in TV show history, from that bubble gum pink frou frou Molly Goddard dress to a blood-red Lanvin two piece in the season two finale, Balenciaga cut-out boots to gothic Alexander McQueen couture.

In episode one of the new series fashion fans have already been spoilt with a floral Vampire’s Wife maxi dress and stills from later on in the series show delights such as a 70s-style dress from the Laura Ashley-inspired label, Batsheva, Simone Rocha tulle and an Elton-John-meets-Iris-Apfel look of polo neck and

giant red heart glasses.

If TV fashion was all about Sex and the City in the 90s, Gossip Girl in the early 00s, then Killing Eve has taken the style reins right now.

Was episode one worth the wait?

Reviews have been mixed for episode one. It’s a slow burner for sure, but it seems like that was the intent. New character Sasha keeps referring to the proverb “Softly, softly, catchee monkeythroughout the episode, and it does feel slow at points and the script not as punchy and witty as before. In true Killing Eve style, however, there’s a savage twist at the end of the episode which makes you wish you’d waited for the whole series to be on iPlayer to binge on.

Killing Eve might no longer have the immediate shock factor it once wowed us with, but from the fashion to the adicctive tension between the two central characters, it’s still one of the best things on TV right now.

 

Killing Eve Season Three is available on iPlayer from Monday 13th April and on from Sunday 19th April at 9pm on BBC One.

Watch now at bbc.co.uk