Mel & Sue to star in Sky sitcom Hitmen

Monday 24th September 2018, 2:15pm

Mel & Sue - Let's Sing And Dance For Comic Relief. Image shows from L to R: Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins. Copyright: BBC.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are to star together in their first scripted comedy.

Hitmen, coming to Sky in 2019, follows the adventures of two professional assassins, played by former Bake Off hosts and comedy duo, Mel & Sue.

The six part series is described as a comedy about "two best friends trying to make their way in the world with only each other to rely on. They also just happen to kill people for a living."

Producers Tiger Aspect explain: "Having stumbled into a career in contract killing, misfits Fran and Jamie are not your typical killers for hire. Working out of their scruffy van, each episode follows the hapless duo as they try to carry out their latest hit, inevitably derailed by incompetence, bickering, and inane antics. As each hit goes south, our (anti)heroes are thrown into one bizarre misadventure after another, each full of oddball characters and unexpected dilemmas.

"Across the series, as the mishaps - and bodies - rack up, Fran and Jamie's friendship is put through the wringer: while affable goof Jamie seems content to spend her days hanging out with her best mate, the more sensitive Fran starts to question whether it's really the life she wants. Will their friendship survive their trials and tribulations? More to the point, as the jobs get increasingly dangerous, will they even survive?"

The episodes have been written by up-and-coming writers Joe Parham and Joe Markham.

Sue Perkins says: "I'm delighted to be part of this project, I can't wait to sit for months on end in a hot van with my old, flatulent, double act partner."

Mel Giedroyc adds: "It's THIRTY YEARS AGO that I met Sue Perkins, and we had happy times together playing ridiculous characters, then spent hours in a fetid van in order to release them around the country. Essentially nothing has changed in the Mel/Sue collective. And that's a great comfort."

Executive producer Myfanwy Moore comments: "We are so excited to be working with the truly fantastic female comedy partnership that is Mel & Sue, who can brandish bullets and banter brilliantly in equal measure."

Hitmen will be shown on Sky One and NOW TV in 2019.

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