Fleabag was one of the best television series in years. Based on the one-woman play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge I was lucky to see years ago in the Soho Theatre, it married comedy and tragedy better than anything since the heights of Alan Bleasdale, Dennis Potter, Mike Leigh or Victoria Wood. But those guys were just messing around at the edges compared to the first episode of the second series of Fleabag that has just hit the BBC iPlayer and will be playing tonight on BBC1. Continue reading →
There is something extraordinarily precise about Jodie Comer’s performance in Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brutal and unexpected entry into the spree-kill genre that took our top spot as the best TV show of 2018. Comer’s petrifying psychopath, Villanelle, is chillingly playful – like a mastiff that will take your throat out just as soon as it has finished with its ball – with the face of a schoolgirl. In real life, Comer is a wholesome 25-year-old scouser who, when she is not working, still lives at home. Yet she does something to the role to give it an oddly comic texture. Some combination of Comer’s humour – even the muscles in her face have comic timing – and her turn-on-a-sixpence quickness, mental and physical, makes her performance absolutely mesmeric. You are desperate to know what will happen next, even when you know full well that it will just be someone else ending up dead.
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“What I loved about the kills, though,” Comer says, “was that it was always something you’d never, ever think. It was never ‘someone gets stabbed’. Continue reading →
The Amazon Prime import finally gets a linear run.
Have you still not seen Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s acclaimed cult comedy Fleabag but maintain a moral opposition to shelling out $12.99 a month to Jeff Bezos for Amazon Prime? Well, you’re in luck. The import comedy is finally heading to traditional American TV.
IFC announced Thursday that the first season of the acclaimed serial, based on Waller-Bridge’s stage play of the same name, is getting its first stateside linear run over the holidays. The six-part first season premieres Wednesday, Dec. 26, starting at 11 p.m. Episodes will repeat in late night.
The series was nominated for a Critics Choice Award and won Waller-Bridge a BAFTA for her performance in the lead role. Oscar frontrunner Olivia Coleman (The Favourite) also stars.