Mel and Sue to star as “assassins” in deadly new TV show

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc attend the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The Bake Off stars will swap presenting for acting in Sky One’s Hitmen.

If Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer’s Killing Eve has taught us anything, it’s this: there is an appetite for TV shows with psychopathic female killers at the centre. Particularly when said show can maintain a dark and twisted sense of humour about the macabre business.

So, when we learned that Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have signed up to play a pair of hapless killers in their first ever sitcom together, we were more than a little excited.

Clearly taking inspiration from their real-life friendship, the former Bake Off duo will play two best friends in the upcoming series. 

Two best friends, that is, who have stumbled into a career in contract killing. Oh yes.

Working out of their scruffy van, each episode follows the hapless duo as they try to carry out their latest hit, only to be derailed by “incompetence, bickering, and inane antics” according to the broadcaster.

Giedroyc will play Jamie, who is described as being an “affable goof” and utterly “content to spend her days hanging out with her best mate”. Perkins, meanwhile, is the “super sensitive” Fran – who, despite being a huge fan of her #workwife, is forced to question whether she is in the right job or not.

Speaking about the series, executive producer Myfanwy Moore said: “We are so excited to be working with the truly fantastic female comedy partnership that is Mel and Sue, who can brandish bullets and banter brilliantly in equal measure.”

Sky’s head of comedy Jon Mountague added that Hitmen – which is being written by Joe Parham and Joe Markham, with contributions from Perkins and Giedroyc – will “capture the chemistry of Mel and Sue and their playfulness in a scripted comedy world”.

Hitmen is scheduled to premiere on Sky One in 2019. Anyone else excited?

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.