I had a smooth spot for Mel and Sue lengthy earlier than they turned synonymous with dough-based innuendos. So after I heard they have been reuniting for a Sky One sitcom about a few hapless ‘hitwomen’, I needed it to be good.
The premise is easy: Mel and Sue play greatest buddies who’ve recognized one another for yonks (to date no appearing required), however as an alternative of creating folks chortle for a residing they allow folks to fulfill their maker. Finishing up the instructions of their mysterious boss ‘Mr Okay’, Jamie and Fran kill folks with all the effectivity and gusto of Austin Powers, making small discuss with their victims whereas they wait.
The motion actually takes place between jobs as the pair sit of their van ready for the cellphone to ring, chatting about their lives and making an attempt to go the time.
Don’t count on the glamour of Killing Eve – this is a down-to-earth murderer present that’s extra Del and Rodders than 007 . And that’s its allure. I can’t think about Vilanelle ordering an After Eight McFlurry at a McDonalds drive via, but it surely’s one in every of my favorite moments in episode one in every of Hitmen. Think about if Bridget Jones determined she’d had sufficient of journalism and discovered use a gun.
Most discussions in the opening episode revolve round Fran’s birthday celebration, or lack thereof. No person besides Jamie desires to return and the solely different particular person eager to rejoice has a sack over his head in the again of a van, ready to be killed. In the meantime, Fran (performed by Sue) can’t fairly get her head round how unpopular she is – a distracting thought once you’re making an attempt to get on with murdering somebody.
Regardless of the clearly macabre parts this is not an excessively violent present, and Mel and Sue have taken nice pains to stress that they didn’t need to glorify gun violence. On this they’re profitable. The thought is amusing and the casting is nice – in addition to glorious visitor stars like Jason Watkins and Sian Clifford, it’s tough to consider the present wasn’t written particularly for Mel and Sue, so perfect are they for the roles. The writers, Joe Parham and Joe Markham, merely wrote a script for a double act and have been delighted when Mel and Sue stated sure.
My solely situation is that I want it was funnier. Certain, it’s not un-funny. It’s an pleasurable half hour. However I needed a lot extra. The jokes are sometimes a bit predictable and the materials doesn’t stay as much as the actors delivering it. You get the feeling you’d have extra of amusing simply sitting in a room with Mel and Sue and a few cinzanos, moderately than going to the trouble of getting dressed up and filming a present. And that appears an actual disgrace.
Hitmen arrives on Sky One and NOW TV from 25th March 2020