Bake Off Star Sue Perkins to Write and Star in New BBC2 Sitcom

Sue Perkins, one half of The Great British Bake Off presenting duo Mel and Sue, has revealed who will be starring in her next project, a BBC2 sitcom called Heading Out.

Perkins will be joined by comedy royalty Dawn French, EastEnders’ Dot Cotton (June Brown) and The Thick of It star Joanna Scanlan, in the new sitcom about a 40-year-old lesbian vet “so skilled she can spay a tortoise one-handedâ€?.

Her successful career is somewhat tempered however, by the fact she is too scared to tell her parents she is a lesbian.

On the eve of her 40th birthday she is given an ultimatum by friends – either she comes out to her parents in six weeks time or they will do it for her.

She 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.

Heading Out is due to air next year.