Sue Perkins to create new BBC sitcom with lesbian plot

Lesbian comic and TV presenter will write and star in new sitcom Heading Out for British television

Sue Perkins to create new BBC sitcom with lesbian plot
23 August 2012

Comic and TV presenter Sue Perkins is creating a new sitcom featuring a lesbian plot for British television.

The Great British Bake-Off host and frequent panelist of comedy shows will also take a lead role in the series.

As reported by the BBC, the comedy show called Heading Out will feature a veterinarian who is afraid to tell her parents she is a lesbian.

Executive producer Nicola Shindler described Perkins’ script as ‘fantastically original, smart, and witty.’

The coming out comedy will also star sitcom legend Dawn French, known for appearing in The Vicar Of Dibley, as well as The Thick of It’s Jo Scanian and Nicola Walker from Spooks.

According to the broadcaster, Perkins herself said the project is a ‘joy to work on’ and hoped that joy ‘proves to be infectious.’

On Twitter, Perkins tweeted Gay Star News who said: ‘It’s not a ‘lesbian’ sitcom. It’s a sitcom which just happens to have a gay character in it.

‘All I mean is it’s mainstream. For everyone. That’s the point of it/why I wrote it – to put gay characters in a wider world.’

This is the first time Perkins has appeared in scripted comedy since 2003. She has previously appeared in sitcoms Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders and Gimme Gimme Gimme.

Perkins is well known in the UK for her television presenting, appearing on radio shows like Just A Minute, and winning orchestral conducting show Maestro.

The six-part series will begin production in September and is due to be broadcast next year on BBC2.

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