Hitmen. Image shows from L to R: Fran (Sue Perkins), Jamie (Mel Giedroyc). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions


  • TV sitcom
  • Sky Comedy / Sky One
  • 2020 - 2021
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom starring Mel & Sue as professional assassins. Also features Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Katherine Parkinson, Asim Chaudhry and Tonya Cornelisse

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Birthday

Hitmen. Image shows from L to R: Jamie (Mel Giedroyc), Fran (Sue Perkins). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions
It's Fran's birthday, and Jamie wants to celebrate but it seems none of their friends are available to come to a celebratory dinner. Or maybe they're just not keen, especially after happened last year when Fran and Jamie went straight from a hit to a karaoke bar with UV lighting.


Alice Lowe was credited as Kirsty in this episode, but did not appear.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 25th March 2020
Sky One
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 25th March 2020 10:00pm Sky1
Saturday 28th March 2020 11:30pm Sky1
Sunday 29th March 2020 2:55am Sky2
Tuesday 31st March 2020 10:35pm Sky1

Cast & crew

Sue Perkins Fran
Mel Giedroyc Jamie
Asim Chaudhry Charles
Tonya Cornelisse Liz
Guest cast
Nick Mohammed The Human Spider
Jason Watkins The Lawyer
Jason Maza The Dealer
Liam Williams McDonald's Worker (Voice)
Writing team
Joe Parham Writer
Joe Markham Writer
Jeremy Dyson Script Editor
Mel Giedroyc Script Consultant
Sue Perkins Script Consultant
Production team
Oliver Parsons (as Ollie Parsons) Director
Matthew Gallagher 1st Assistant Director
Arnold Widdowson Producer
Myfanwy Moore Executive Producer
Siobhan Rhodes (as Siobhan Bachman) Executive Producer
Morwenna Gordon Executive Producer
Anne Patterson Line Producer
Mel Giedroyc Associate Producer
Joe Parham Associate Producer
Sue Perkins Associate Producer
Joe Markham Associate Producer
Amy Annette Development Producer
Calum Ross Editor
Amy Maguire Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Lucia Santa-Maria Costume Designer
Rob Kitzmann Director of Photography
Susie Munachen Make-up Designer


Hitmen, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins's first scripted comedy, has a dreadful premise: two gauche assassins, bitching and bonding in their van while various hooded bodies thrash about in handcuffs before meeting - or possibly not, dependent on whim - a canal-based doom. It could have been done very, very badly. It's done pretty damned well: that chemistry, of course, but also many decent gags.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 29th March 2020

TV review: Hitmen, series 1 episode 1

They might not be that well known for their acting skills but both Mel and Sue convince in roles which aren't of the type they normally take on, the rest of the cast are damn superb, and it's a sitcom that not only has a very strong first episode but also which shows a great deal of potential too.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 27th March 2020

Hitmen review

Mel and Sue as hired killers was a hit with me.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 26th March 2020

Hitmen review

While Hitmen isn't perfect, the likability of its stars, the intrigue of their situation and the unpredictability of the oddballs that come into their orbit make offer intriguing possibilities.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 25th March 2020

Hitmen review

Killing people - is it funny? Not just now, when the news is filled with a rising death toll, but ever? I was racking my brain on that one as I gritted my teeth through the painful opening episode of Hitmen, in which Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc set out to show they can still cut it in comedy after veering off into presenting travelogues and the like.

Keith Watson, Metro, 25th March 2020

Review: Hitmen has perfect casting, but comedy misses

Sure, it's not un-funny. It's an enjoyable half hour. But I wanted so much more.

Emma Bullimore, Radio Times, 25th March 2020

Hitmen review

The well-loved duo Mel and Sue bring much-needed laughter as incompetent assassins in this slightly plotted but enjoyable sitcom.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 25th March 2020

Hitmen: review

The Bake Off duo reunite as a pair of killing machines in this new Sky series, where the biggest crimes committed are the boring jokes

Ellie Harrison, The Independent, 25th March 2020

Hitmen, review

Mel and Sue as contract killers? They're better off sticking to presenting.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 25th March 2020

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins: interview

'It's important women our age can be seen as active and in love'.

James Rampton, i Newspaper, 24th March 2020

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