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Sue Perkins to create BBC Two sitcom

Sue Perkins
Image caption Perkins has previously written for Absolutely Fabulous and French and Saunders

Comic and TV presenter Sue Perkins is to write a new sitcom for BBC Two, it has been announced.

The Great British Bake-Off host will also take the lead role in Heading Out, about a vet who is afraid to tell her parents she is a lesbian.

Dawn French will star opposite Perkins, along with The Thick of It's Jo Scanlan and Nicola Walker from Spooks.

The six-part series will begin production in September and is due to be broadcast next year.

According to the BBC, Perkins will play Sara, a skilled veterinarian whose friends insist she tell her parents about her sexual orientation.

To help her achieve this, her friends buy her a series of sessions with an eccentric lifestyle coach.

Executive producer Nicola Shindler said Perkins's script was a "fantastically original, smart and witty".

Perkins herself said the project had been "a joy to work on" and that she hoped that joy "proves to be infectious".

The 42-year-old has written for TV previously and is well known for her appearances on The News Quiz, Just a Minute and other radio shows.

Her television credits include Absolutely Fabulous, French and Saunders and Ronni Ancona and Co.

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