Comedian Sue Perkins is to star in new lesbian sitcom Heading Out.
The six part series, due to start production in the next few weeks, is the Great British Bake-Off presenter’s debut in sitcom writing and will also star Dawn French, Spooks’ Nicola Walker and The Thick of It’s Jo Scanlan.
Centred around successful veterinarian Sara (played by Perkins), who just has one last struggle to overcome – coming out to her parents. Her friends warn her to bite the bullet by her 40th birthday – even buying her sessions with eccentric life coach Toria to overcome her fears – or they threaten to tell her family themselves.
Sue Perkins expresses her excitement for the show: “I think once the gnawing terror, sleepless nights and relentless self-doubt has subsided, this might well be the thing that I’m most proud of. It’s been a joy to work on, and I hope that joy proves to be infectious.”
Executive producer of the BBC, Kristian Smith, said: “Heading Out is a warm, intelligent and brilliantly funny sitcom. Sue is a fantastic writer, and we're thrilled to have it on BBC Two next year. Audiences can expect a super-sized, well-baked comedy from one of our very finest.” Heading Out is due to start production in the next few weeks.