Killing Eve is coming to an end. After four series and thirty-two episodes, the cat-and-mouse spy thriller will reach its conclusion, and the story of Eve and Villanelle will be over.
You’re probably looking for your new television obsession now – maybe another show with a great performance from Jodie Comer, or another drama that makes for the perfect binge-watch, or another romance where the leads have magnetic chemistry together.
Here are six shows you might want to watch next now that Killing Eve has come to an end, from sci-fi conspiracy thrillers to 60s espionage dramas to a psychological character study.
What’s it about? Orphan Black is a conspiracy thriller with a sci-fi twist. Con artist Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) sees a woman who looks like her doppelganger commit suicide, and decides to steal her identity; it quickly becomes clear though that Sarah has more than one doppelganger, each part of an illegal human cloning experiment.
Why would I like it? There’s a lot about Orphan Black that resembles Killing Eve – the Dyad Institute is a shadowy organisation a little like The Twelve, and assassin clone Helena has shades of Villanelle to her – and the two shows, both from BBC America, have a lot in common tonally too. Tatiana Maslany, who plays every clone, gives a real virtuoso performance, playing five different characters at once, as memorable if not moreso than Comer and Oh in Killing Eve.
Where can I watch it? You can watch Orphan Black on Netflix in the UK.
What’s it about? Thirteen is a five-part miniseries about Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer), a young woman recently escaped after being kidnapped as a child and imprisoned for thirteen years. A criminal investigation unfolds as Ivy tries to reconnect with her family and friends, sifting through the remains of her old life as she tries to forge a new one.
Why would I like it? It’s one of Jodie Comer’s earliest leading roles, and a particularly acclaimed one. This is the kind of show that tends to fly under the radar – the sort of thing a friend recommends at length and you never get around to, even though you really should’ve listened to them – but no less worth watching as a result.
Where can I watch it? You can watch Thirteen on BBC iPlayer in the UK.
Little Drummer Girl
What’s it about? A lavish adaptation of John le Carré’s novel of the same name, this spy drama stars Florence Pugh as Charlie, an aspiring actress recruited by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad to infiltrate a Palestinian resistance group. Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden, Oldboy) directs.
Why would I like it? More likely than not, if you like Jodie Comer you’re probably fond of Florence Pugh too – this 2018 series came as she was first breaking through into the mainstream, before her Oscar nomination or Marvel hero days.
Where can I watch it? You can watch The Little Drummer Girl on Amazon Prime Video in the UK, but you’d have to purchase it through the Starz add-on subscription channel.
What’s it about? Gentleman Jack is a period drama inspired by a true story – it adapts the diaries of Anne Lister, played here by Suranne Jones – about a wealthy landowning woman who defied convention to marry another woman named Ann. (Society had more of an issue with the fact they were both women rather than the fact they were both named Anne, just to be clear.)
Why would I like it? Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle (who plays Ann Walker) have great chemistry together, and it’s got an irreverent streak that feels like a jolt of energy for period drama, not entirely unlike Killing Eve’s approach to spy drama. The fourth wall breaks are also a little reminiscent of Fleabag, which was of course written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve’s first showrunner.
Where can I watch it? You can watch the first series of Gentleman Jack on BBC iPlayer now. The second series starts on BBC One on April 10.
What’s it about? Hitman Barry Berkman (Bill Hader) feels detached and estranged from his life of violence, and enrols in an amateur dramatics class to try and reinvent himself as the actor Barry Block. Being an assassin proves harder to walk away from than he’d hoped, though, leaving Barry caught between two worlds.
Why would I like it? There’s a lot of similar themes in there – Season 4 of Killing Eve has seen Villanelle looking for forgiveness, which is something Barry struggles with as well, questioning if someone can ever truly change – that might make this worth checking out. The series is smart and funny and so full of empathy.
Where can I watch it? The first two series of Barry can be streamed on Sky and NOWTV in the UK, with the third series set to begin on April 24.
What’s it about? Daybreak is your classic post-zombie-apocalypse teen drama: Josh is enjoying a new lease on life in a world without school, parents, or adults, but he’s desperate to find his ex-girlfriend in the dangerous new world.
Why would I like it? While it sounds pretty cliché from the description, Daybreak subverts a lot of those tropes with a real flair and panache – it’s often awkward and strange and experimental, something with a much more distinct and idiosyncratic identity than most of Netflix’s output. Killing Eve’s series 4 showrunner Laura Neal wrote a couple of episodes for Daybreak’s sole season before its untimely cancellation.
Where can I watch it? You can watch Daybreak on Netflix internationally.