There are so many reasons to be excited about the return of Killing Eve, not least the chance to see Jodie Comer showing off a dazzling array of accents as international assassin Villanelle. Ahead of the season premiere Sunday at 9pm EST on BBC America, here’s everything you need to know about the actress’ fascinating and historic English hometown, Liverpool, England.
1. It’s the birthplace of The Beatles.
Fans of The Beatles still flock to Liverpool to visit landmarks made famous by the Fab Four such as the real-life Penny Lane, the iconic Cavern Club where the band honed their sound, and Strawberry Field where John Lennon used to play as a kid. Jodie Comer likes to grab a drink at Ye Cracke, a tiny city center pub where Lennon would go on dates with his first wife Cynthia.
2. It’s England’s most successful footballing city.
Liverpool is home to two teams competing in England’s Premier League, Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C. They’re longtime but very friendly rivals whose respective stadiums, Anfield and Goodison Park, are situated less than a mile apart. Comer’s father works as a sports massage therapist at Everton F.C., so there’s no doubt where her loyalties lie.
3. It has its own accent and dialect: Scouse.
Liverpool’s distinctive accent gets its name from a type of meat stew that was eaten by local sailors back in the day. If you fancy slipping some Scouse into your daily vocabulary, just ask for a “bevvy” next time you’d like an alcoholic drink, or announce that it’s time for “brekkie” when you’re ready for breakfast.
You can check out Jodie Comer showing off a range of accents including her native Scouse in this clip from The Graham Norton Show.
4. Historically, it was a major port city.
In the 19th century, many Brits and Irish folks emigrating to North America would have set sail from Liverpool, and parts of the city’s historic docks are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Liverpool’s status as a major international port meant the city attracted a diverse range of settlers from the 18th century onwards. It’s home to U.K.’s oldest Black community, which dates back to the 1730s, and the oldest Chinese community in Europe, which began to build in the 1830s. Liverpool also has the largest Chinese Arch outside China, which stands at 15m tall at the entrance to the city’s Chinatown quarter.
5. This led to the creation of a tasty local delicacy: salt and pepper chips!
This delicious hybrid dish was invented by members of the local Chinese community who ran fish and chip shops. It’s basically chunky chip shop-style chips (fries) tossed with onions, peppers, chillis, and an array of Asian spices – and such a cult favorite that there’s even an Instagram account dedicated to finding the best salt and pepper chips in the U.K.
6. If you fancy a local sweet treat, try a “Wet Nelly.”
It’s an especially moist variation on the traditional British bread pudding.
7. It’s a city of firsts.
Liverpool is home to the world’s first ever library, first school for the blind, first passenger railway line (to Manchester, around 35 miles away), and the first overseas consulate of the United States, which was established in 1790.
8. It’s home to some very impressive architecture.
Liverpool has been described as “England’s finest Victorian city” by English Heritage, a nonprofit which awards “listed building” status to structures of special architectural or cultural importance. Liverpool has 2,500 of these so-called “listed buildings,” including the iconic Royal Liver Building.
9. It’s the setting of a classic British sitcom.
The Liver Birds followed the exploits of two young women (Nerys Hughes and Polly James – both future Doctor Who guest stars) living in buzzy central Liverpool in the ’70s. It ran for nine seasons, and was briefly revived by the BBC in the mid-’90s.
10. It’s known for its nightlife.
Head to Concert Square or the historic Royal Albert Dock for cool bars and clubs, or the area around Stanley Street for LGBTQ nightlife. Jodie Comer told British Vogue she’s a fan of the cocktails at Berry and Rye, one of the city’s hippest bars.
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