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Hitmen is a Black Comedy series on Sky starring Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, most-famously known as the hosts of The Great British Bake Off. In the US, the series is available for streaming on Peacock.

Fran (Perkins) and Jamie (Giedroyc) are lifelong friends who, despite clearly not suited for their chosen profession, work as assassins. Employed by the dreaded Mr. K, the two do their best to take out an eclectic assortment of targets while dealing with their own personal issues.

Has nothing to do with the Hitman franchise.


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  • Always Someone Better: Liz and Charlie are a more-effective team and have access to better equipment than Fran and Jamie.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Fran's marriage to Joao is clearly miserable, with Joao stealing her money and belongings and having indiscreet affairs with men. Fran refuses to divorce him, however, because she thinks the misery is preferable to being alone.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Fran is attracted to Liz, but the two share a professional rivalry that makes it difficult for Fran to express her feelings. Complicating matters is the fact that Liz has a very aggressive personality and covers all her comments with heavy layers of sarcasm, making it hard for Fran to tell whether she's being mocking or sincere.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jamie is childish and easily distracted, but she's also a stone-cold killer.
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  • Butch Lesbian: Fran, with her short haircut and pragmatic wardrobe.
  • The Dreaded: Mr. K, whom Fran & Jamie and Liz & Charlie are terrified of disappointing because he'd have them killed if their failures piss him off enough.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: A variation. Jamie's boyfriend is so ridiculously attractive that he even turns Fran's head, despite her being a lesbian.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Fran, a lesbian, is married to Joao, who's gay.
  • Jerkass Victim: A lot of Fran and Jamie's targets are unpleasant people who garner little sympathy when it comes time for the pair to dispatch them, including a corrupt banker, a drug-dealing DJ, a psychotic escaped mental patient.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The arrival of Nikhail — a much-more cold-blooded killer than Fran, Jamie, Liz, or Charlie — signals a shift to a more high-stakes plot line.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Jamie, who's an assassin working for a brutal gangster, is cheerful and childish and loves to strike up conversations with her targets.
  • Odd Couple: Fran is a depressive realist while Jamie is a bubbly optimist. Nevertheless, they've been best friends since childhood.
  • Of Course I Smoke: Fran takes a cigarette offered by Nikhail and keeps puffing away despite clearly not being a smoker, because she wants to impress him and get in good with Mr. K.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: While lost in a forest, Fran comes across a group of Girl Guides, the youngest of whom threatens her with a knife.
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