It’s been sad times in the UK lately as lesbians across the land come to terms with the fact that the continued no-news from the BBC about Lip Service is making the chance of a Series 3 look as dead in the water as Cat in the road. This is a good time to urge you to sign the petition.
In the meantime we need a bit of good news, so what if we told you that Anna Skellern (Lexy) was to play gay again in a show written by, and starring the baking hot Sue Perkins alongside Shelley Conn, who once locked lips with Laura Fraser in Nina’s Heavenly Delights? Well, this is exactly what we’re telling you. This is happening in real life.
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The show is called Heading Out, it’s just completed filming in Manchester and it will hit BBC 2 sometime early next year.
The premise is thus: Perkins plays Sara, who is a vet, which is what Lee wanted to be when she was nine. This point is irrelevant, yet it felt pertinent that we include it. Like all vets and all lesbians, Sara is popular and successful — but she’s scared to drop the gay-bomb on her parents. On the eve of her 40th birthday, her friends tell her that it’s time to spill the les-beans or else they’ll do it for her. And, because this is a sitcom, a hilarious countdown begins and continues over six consecutive episodes.
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We’re going to go out on a limb and say there’s no way this show is not going to be brilliance. Obviously if we’re wrong, we’ll just shrug and say, nothing to do with us, we didn’t write it. But we’re sure that we’re not going to be wrong for a few reasons.
Firstly, the cast is ridiculously good. Joining Sue, Anna and Shelley are Joanna Scanlan (The Thick Of It), Nicola Walker (Spooks), Mark Heap (Friday Night Dinner), Dawn French (just Dawn French from everything funny) and we kid you not, JUNE BROWN. Yes, Dot Cotton from Eastenders is in this show.
Secondly, we’re sure there has actually never been a series quite like this in the UK before. It’s a comedy that happens to have a gay lead character, some other gay characters and gay themes running through it, but is not being marginalised as “gay TV.” It’s almost like gay people within this show are just normal people having normal lives, hanging out with straight people, doing jobs, fancying people and other weird normal things like that. Isn’t this a first?
Lastly, it has been written by Sue Perkins and Sue Perkins is in it and all TV shows Sue Perkins is associated with are wonderful (see Light Lunch, Late Lunch, Great British Bake Off, Supersizers for proof.) Here’s what she had to say about it all:
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.
Normally we would hope that things are not infectious, but on this occasion, Miss Perkins, we wholly concur.