A high-stakes thriller from Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been acquired by the BBC.

Killing Eve, based on novellas by Luke Jennings, stars Grey’s Anatomy actress Sandra Oh as a bored MI5 security officer whose desk job does not fulfil her fantasies of being a spy.

Doctor Foster star Jodie Comer will play Villanelle, an assassin clinging to the luxuries her violent job affords her.

Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017 – Arrivals – LondonJodie Comer (Ian West/PA)

When Eve is tasked with tracking down Villanelle before she can strike again, the two women are thrown into a cat-and-mouse game.

The eight-part series, which will be co-written and executive produced by Waller-Bridge, will also star Fiona Shaw, David Haig and Kim Bodnia, as well as Darren Boyd, Sean Delaney, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Owen McDonnell.

It will premiere on BBC One and be made available by BBC Three as a box set on iPlayer.

Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC Three, said: “I’m delighted that BBC Three will partner with BBC One to bring audiences Killing Eve.

“It is one of the most exciting series of recent times and not only do we get to work with Phoebe again, who is a fantastic writer with a unique voice, the brilliant Jodie Comer will be back on BBC Three after her star turn in Thirteen.”

Sue Deeks, head of programme acquisition at the BBC, said: “Killing Eve is a startlingly original thriller.

“In turn both laugh-out-loud funny and edge-of-your-seat gripping, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has filled her new series with an array of wonderful characters brought to life by a dream cast.”