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13 February 2013

Heading Out: New six-part comedy for BBC Two penned by Sue Perkins

Meet Sara - a veterinarian so skilled she can spay a tortoise one-handed. She's successful, she's popular - there's just one chink in her armour - she's too scared to tell her parents she's gay. On the evening of her 40th birthday, Sara's friends give her an ultimatum: either she tells her parents when they come to visit in six weeks' time, or they will. To help Sara achieve this goal, they've saved up to buy a series of sessions with Toria, the eccentric and mildly-qualified lifestyle coach / therapist, and so the countdown begins.

The cast includes Dawn French (French and Saunders, Vicar of Dibley), Shelly Conn (Marchlands, Mistresses), Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It, Getting On), Nicola Walter (A Mother’s Son, Spooks), Mark Heap (Friday Night Dinner, Lark Rise to Candleford), Dominic Coleman (Trollied, Swinging), Raquel Cassidy (Lead Balloon, Moving Wallpaper), Harriet Walter (The Wedding Video, Law & Order: UK), Steve Pemberton (Benidorm, Psychoville), Jeff Rawle (Doc Martin, Drop the Dead Donkey), June Brown (EastEnders, Gormenghast), Anna Skellern (Parade’s End, Lip Service) and Sue’s comedy partner in crime, Mel Giedroyc.

Executive producer Nicola Shindler said: "Having known Sue for a number of years, I am familiar with her superb writing ability and natural comedic timing and I have always wanted us to work together. In Heading Out she has written a fantastically original, smart and witty script with engaging characters and pithy dialogue so I am eager for us to get cracking on such an exciting project."

Sue Perkins said: "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."

Commissioner 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, set to air late February 2013


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