The two met whilst students at the University of Cambridge in England — Mel at Trinity College and Sue at New Hall — where both were members of the famous comedy club Footlights.
Their television breakthrough came on the French and Saunders television show, and they have often been compared to Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Together, they hosted a popular lunchtime show on Channel 4 called Light Lunch where celebrity chefs cooked lunch for the duo’s celebrity guests, and an early evening version, Late Lunch.
In 1999, they were signed by ITV and hosted a comedy panel game for the network called Casting Couch, in a prime late evening slot, but it fared badly in the ratings and was not recommissioned.
Mel and Sue appeared together again in Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders Mamma Mia sketch for Comic Relief on 13 March 2009. Sue later confirmed on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross that the duo will be working together on something new in 2010. They are now hosting The Great British Bake Off, showing on BBC 2 every Tuesday night at 8:00pm.