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Nice Face

Series 1 - Episode 1 Nice Face

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Review

If you were left a little disappointed by the second series, you are not alone. All the more reason to catch this return to the start of series one, where we first met playful, barking-mad assassin Villanelle.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s 2018 adaptation of Luke Jennings’s novels went on to be showered with plaudits and awards. It is stylish and clever, with a terrific soundtrack full of bombastic Euro-pop tunes, and it features fabulous performances from Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.

Oh plays restless, bored MI5 officer Eve Polastri, investigating the murder of a Russian politician in Vienna, while as Villanelle, Comer is purringly coquettish one minute and the next a dead-eyed monster.

Summary

Desk-bound MI5 security officer Eve Polastri is bored in her job and yearns for a more exciting life. When a Russian politician is murdered, she is given the task of protecting the only witness and soon finds herself on a collision course with a psychopathic assassin known as Villanelle. First episode of the spy thriller series, based on Luke Jennings' Codename Villanelle novella series and adapted for television by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag). Starring Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh.

Cast & Crew

Eve Polastri Sandra Oh
Villanelle Jodie Comer
Carolyn Martens Fiona Shaw
Konstantin Vasiliev Kim Bodnia
Elena Felton Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Niko Polastri Owen McDonnell
Bill Pargrave David Haig
Frank Haleton Darren Boyd
Cesare Greco Remo Girone
Kasia Molkovska Edyta Budnik
Dominik Wolanski Billy Matthews
Max Sanford Ken Nwosu
Director Harry Bradbeer
Executive Producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle
Executive Producer Lee Morris
Producer Colin Wratten
Writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge
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