Killing Eve: If you've already binge-watched the series, you’ll love... Bodyguard, Fleabag and Thirteen

Fill the Killing Eve void with our pick of the most gripping thrillers on TV.

By Sophia Moir Published: 19 June 2019 - 4.31pm

Killing Eve has ripped up the spy thriller rulebook.

Since series 1 launched on BBC iPlayer in 2018, the TV show - starring Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh - has been praised by fans and critics in the UK, notably for its script and casting.

The series cleaned up at the 2019 Baftas, winning best drama series, leading actress for Jodie Comer, best supporting actress for Fiona Shaw, best sound in the fiction category, and best original music.

Whether the second series -in which Phoebe Waller-Bridge handed over the lead writer baton to Emerald Fennell - will be as decorated remains to be seen, but there are plenty of other top quality female-led dramas to watch if you’ve already binged on series 2.

Here we round up the best TV shows to watch if you’re a fan of Killing Eve.

Fleabag

Phoebe Waller Bridge in Fleabag

How can I watch it?

Fleabag series 1 and 2 are available to watch on BBC iPlayer now. 

What’s it about?

A six-part comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London while coming to terms with a recent tragedy.

Why watch it?

Fleabag was written and produced by and stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge - who also wrote and executive produced Killing Eve. If it’s the dark humour and quick wit of Killing Eve that you like, Fleabag is the closest you’re going to get.

Doctor Foster

Suranne Jones in Doctor Foster

How can I watch it?

Series 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix now. 

What’s it about?

A trusted GP (played by Suranne Jones) sees her charmed life implode when she suspects her husband has an affair, with far more unravelling than she suspected.

Why watch it?

If you’re looking for a show where the female lead’s idyllic life is thrown into chaos - like Eve Polastri's in Killing Eve - Doctor Foster ticks all the boxes. Even more, Jodie Comer (Killing Eve's Villanelle) stars alongside Suranne Jones and Bertie Carvel in the Bafta and NTA award-winning BBC drama.

Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock

How can I watch it?

All four seasons of Sherlock are available to stream on Netflix now. Series 1-4 are available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.

What’s it about?

A modern update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous Sherlock Holmes stories finds the famous detective (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his partner Dr Watson (Martin Freeman) solving mysterious crimes in 21st century London.

Why watch it?

On the hunt for something with some dark humour, just like Killing Eve? Sherlock - which has won 86 television awards, including Emmys and Baftas - should be next on your watchlist.

Orphan Black

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

How can I watch it?

All five seasons of Orphan Black are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Orphan Black follows streetwise hustler Sarah (played by Tatiana Maslany, who won an Emmy for the role), who’s pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.

Why watch it?

Like Killing Eve, Orphan Black is another BBC America show, similar in tone to Killing Eve - while Villanelle has been described as a scarier and more fashionable version of the clone Helena in Orphan Black.

Thirteen

Jodie Comer in Thirteen

How can I watch it?

Thirteen is available through BBC iPlayer. The series is also available to buy on Amazon Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

A tense psychological drama about a woman freed from a cellar after 13 years in captivity, and her return to life after being held prisoner.

Why watch it?

Before playing Villanelle in Killing Eve, Jodie Comer's first major lead role was playing the character of Ivy, the captive woman. If her chilling portrayal of Villanelle captivated you, her portrayal of traumatised Ivy should do just the same.

Big Little Lies

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley in Big Little Lies

How can I watch it?

Series 1 of Big Little Lies is available to buy on the BT TV Store now.

What’s it about?

The apparently perfect lives of three mothers (played by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley) unravel to the point of murder in this Golden Globe award-winning mini-series.

Why watch it?

Murder, scandal, betrayal, lust… Big Little Lies has all the qualities you'll have enjoyed in Killing Eve. Series 2 started mid-2019, so there’s plenty more twists and turns to come. 

Bodyguard

Keeley Hawes in BBC's Bodyguard WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Service (BBC Pictures) as set out at www.bbcpictures.co.uk. In particular, this image may only be published by a registered User of BBC Pictures for editorial use for the purpose of publicising the relevant BBC programme, personnel or activity during the Publicity Period which ends three review weeks following the date of transmission and provided the BBC and the copyright holder in the caption are credited. For any other purpose whatsoever, including advertising and commercial, prior written approval from the copyright holder will be required.

How can I watch it?

Originally airing on BBC One, Bodyguard is available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Troubled war veteran David Budd (played by Richard Madden) is assigned to protect Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) in BBC One’s smash hit drama.

Why watch it?

Released in 2018 to fan and critical acclaim, Bodyguard is the biggest new drama on British TV in more than a decade.