Two former hosts of the widely beloved reality television series “The Great British Bake Off” are set to star as spunky contract killers in an upcoming scripted series for Sky TV, according to reports.
The series, called, appropriately, “Hitmen,” will feature “Bake Off” mainstays Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc as Fran and Jamie, two characters who “stumbled into a career” or murder-for-hire, according to Deadline. Operating out of a disheveled van, the two will bungle a handful of assassinations as they hilariously bicker over proper strategy. But as their bloody shenanigans grow increasingly demanding, their friendship and partnership will both be tested—as their existential worth is also questioned.
"Hitmen" will be produced by Tiger Aspect, best known as a producer for the English crime drama "Peaky Blinders." It will be written by Joe Parham (who scripted the feature film "The Festival") and Joe Markham (who worked on the American Cartoon Network series "The Amazing World of Gumball").
Perkins expressed excitement about the new series.
“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," Perkins said of the series, as quoted by Deadline.
Giedroyc concurred enthusiastically.
"It’s 30 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," Giedroyc added, according to Deadline. "Essentially nothing has changed in the Mel/Sue collective. And that’s a great comfort."
Mel and Sue became comedy partners at the University of Cambridge in 1988. They appeared on several sketch comedy and cooking shows in the UK. They rose to popularity in the U.S. after "Great British Bake Off" (known across the pond as "The Great British Baking Show") became an unexpected cult hit on Netflix.
The duo left "Bake Off" when the program was bought from the BBC by Channel 4, according to the Guardian.
One can only hope baking legend Mary Berry will make a surprise guest appearance on the quippy doublet's new show—perhaps as a scorned pastry chef looking for revenge on a particular blue-eyed nemesis.
[Photo Credit: Sue Perkins (left) and Mel Giedroyc by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty]
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