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Tuned In: 'Downton Abbey' writer's 'Belgravia' premieres; 'Killing Eve' returns

Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

Published in Entertainment News

Every few months we run into a week bursting with premieres. The week of April 12 is one of those, from the debut of meh romantic drama "The Beauty and the Baker" (10 p.m. Monday, ABC) to romantic comedy thriller "Run" (10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO) to the return of the hilarious vampire comedy "What We Do in the Shadows" (10 p.m. Wednesday, FX) to an episode of "Celebrity Ghost Stories" (10 p.m. Wednesday, A&E) featuring former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

And then there are these four premieres:

'Belgravia'

From Julian Fellowes, writer of "Downton Abbey," comes this darker and more downbeat period drama based on Fellowes' novel of the same name.

Sure, it's lush with costumes and locations that look like "Downton" and the score by "Downton" composer John Lunn sure sounds like the popular manor house drama, but "Belgravia" (9 p.m. Sunday, Epix) is more focused on secrets and lies; it's less of a soapy delight.

Still, Anglophiles will surely appreciate this limited series, particularly the strong performances from the women who lead the cast, Tamsin Greig ("Episodes") and Harriet Walter ("Succession").

 

The story begins in Brussels in 1815 at a legendary ball just before the Battle of Waterloo. It then fast-forwards 26 years later as Anne Trenchard (Grieg) finds she can no longer keep a family secret and confides in Lady Brockenhurst (Walter), setting off a chain reaction that's not quite enough story to fill six episodes without giving the series a sometimes plodding pace.

Epix, which replaced Starz in some Comcast cable packages in December, is available on Comcast (Channel 1871HD/372/243), Verizon (895), DirecTV (558) and DISH Network (380).

'Killing Eve'

From its start, awesome as it was, "Killing Eve" (9 p.m. Sunday, BBC America and AMC) suffered from a built-in flaw that's more pronounced than ever in its third season: Once MI6 agent Eve (Sandra Oh) tangled with, confronted and was seduced to a degree by creative, seductive killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer), it was going to be impossible to keep their push-and-pull going in any sort of credible way -- especially after each tried to murder the other.

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