I'm at a loss to understand how BBC drama commissioning works these days. BBC America, half owned by AMC Networks, has commissioned London-based Sid Gentle Films to make an eight-part series out of the Villanelle spy novellas, written by London-based Yank Luke Jennings. Villanelle is a Russian-born psychotic professional assassin, hunted by British spy Eve Polastri. The series will be called Killing Eve, and written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge for transmission in 2018.
There's no sign of BBC Worldwide involvement, who are normally keen to be in everyone's press releases. Does the BBC have to buy this from BBC America ?