BBC Two, Red Production Company and Square Peg TV have locked down the main cast for upcoming comedy Heading Out. Joining series creator Sue Perkins on the main cast is long time collaborater Mel Giedroyc, Dawn French (French and Saunders), Shelly Conn (Marchlands), Joanna Scanlan (The Thick Of It), Nicola Walker (Spooks), Mark Heap (Friday Night Dinner), Dominic Coleman (Trollied), Raquel Cassidy (Lead Balloon), Harriet Walter (Law & Order: UK), Steve Pemberton (Benidorm), Jeff Rawle (Doc Martin), June Brown (EastEnders) and Anna Skellern (Parade’s End).
Created by Sue Perkins, Heading Out follows Sara (Perkins), 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 comedy series is a co-production between Red Production Company and Square Peg TV, with Nicola Shindler, Debi Allen and Kristian Smith serving as executive producers.
Speaking of the cast for Heading Out 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.”
Executive Producer Nicola Shindler added: “Having been a fan of Sue’s 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, which are filming beautifully.”
While fellow executive producer Kristian Smith commented: “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.”