Heading Out

New six part comedy for BBC Two

From Red Production Company and Square Peg TV comes brand new sitcom, Heading Out, penned by broadcaster and comedian, Sue Perkins, for BBC Two.

Perkins plays Sara â€?a veterinarian so skilled, she can spay a tortoise one-handed. She’s successful, she’s popular, but there’s just one chink in her armour â€?she’s too scared to tell her parents she’s gay.

On the evening of her 40th birthday, Sara’s friends Jamie (Dominic Coleman) and Justine (Nicola Walker) 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 (Scanlan), the eccentric and mildly-qualified lifestyle coach / therapist, and so the countdown beginsâ€?

Sue Perkins commented: “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.”

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Joining Perkins on screen will be DAWN FRENCH (French and Saunders, Vicar of Dibley), SHELLY CONN (Marchlands, Mistresses), JOANNA SCANLAN (The Thick of It, Getting On), NICOLA WALKER (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.

The six part series, written by Perkins, is a co-production between RED Production Company and Square Peg TV, Perkins’ own production company with Debi Allen. The series was commissioned by Kristian Smith, Executive Editor, BBC Comedy Commissioning  and is set to air in February 2013.

The series is produced by Jim Poyser (In with the Flynns) and directed by Natalie Bailey (The Thick of It).  Nicola Shindler is Executive Producing for RED Production Company with Debi Allen Executive Producer for Square Peg TV. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Kristian Smith.

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Red Production Company & Square Peg TV



Sara - Sue Perkins
Daniel - Steve Oram
Jamie - Dominic Coleman
Justine - Nicola Walker
Toria - Joanna Scanlan
Eve - Shelley Conn

International Rights:
Red Productions