Heading Out. Sara Ford (Sue Perkins). Copyright: Red Production Company / Square Peg TV.

Heading Out

BBC Two sitcom. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2013. Stars Sue Perkins, Joanna Scanlan, Nicola Walker, Dominic Coleman, Shelley Conn and Steve Oram.

Press Clippings

Females of the Fringe

Photo gallery of women at the Fringe.

BBC News, 21st August 2014

Fringe Review at The Stand Comedy Club

The Stand leads the way in comedy at the Fringe. It has its own feel and buzz and there's plenty of intelligent, different and old-favourite shows on offer.

Fringe Review, 1st August 2014

Interviews with comedians being in plays

'It's harder if you're a stand-up to do a play. It's harder to put down that instinct for "please like me"'

Yasmin Sulaiman, The List, 22nd July 2014

The Lucy Porter extended interview

Stand-up comedian, Lucy Porter, is a huge hit with comedy audiences across the UK with her distinctive, bouncy, feel-good comedy. She recently took some time off performing to get married and have a couple of kids. In this extended interview Martin Walker asks about family, feminism and being back at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Martin Walker, Broadway Baby, 3rd July 2014

Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Lucy Porter

It sometimes feels that Lucy Porter has been doing Edinburgh almost as long as me. And in some ways she has.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 17th June 2014

Hardly anyone likes Heading Out, it's been kicked to death then dumped in a shallow grave by audiences and critics, so it's perverse to make it recommended viewing. Except I like it. I know it's as annoying and stupid as everyone says it is. But it's harmless and it doesn't try to be novel or pioneering, and I've laughed at least once at each episode. But never mind, it ends tonight as hapless vet Sara at last decides she absolutely MUST come out to her parents. Cue a disastrous dinner party.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 2nd April 2013

Despite the likeability of Sue Perkins's geeky-gawky vet Sara, this sitcom has relied on hackneyed set-ups and caricatures. In tonight's finale, it's D-Day, when Sara vows to tell her parents she's gay. Joanna Scanlan chomps through what remains of the scenery as Sara's New Age therapist.

Vicki Power, The Telegraph, 2nd April 2013

Final episode of the immensely enjoyable sitcom written by and starring Sue Perkins as a gay vet. The day has finally come for Sara (Perkins) to come out to her parents, but first an almost French farce-style mousetrap must be set to ensure that it's even more difficult, embarrassing and disaster-strewn than she could have possibly imagined. What this last episode lacks in believable plotting it more than makes up for in gags and snakebite antidotes. Roll on series two.

Julia Raeside, The Guardian, 2nd April 2013

Excitable vet Sara and her daft friends spend a hellish night in the chilly ancestral home of her barking-mad life coach Toria. It turns out Toria's hearty parents are as bonkers as she is, which is just as well as Toria wants Sara (Sue Perkins) to practise on them how she will come out as a lesbian to her own mum and dad. Toria's family (motto "Kill Them All"), including Dawn French in a grey wig as Toria's mum, is impertinently intrusive and the night is full of farcical misunderstandings as well as ghostly noises on the landing.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 26th March 2013

It's not a revolutionary sitcom, but that may well be the clandestine unique selling point of Heading Out: it places a gay character unremarkably at the centre of things, and lets her get on with it. Tonight, Sara (Sue Perkins) builds up to coming out to her own parents, by first telling someone else's: in this case, the Wodehousian eccentrics who gave issue to Toria, her life coach (the ace Joanna Scanlan). Best friends Jamie and Justine are, of course, on board for the reasonably amusing ride.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 26th March 2013