Sue Perkins 'forgot' to research for new show

Sue Perkins admitted she forgot to research veterinary medicine in order to play a vet in her new BBC Two sitcom, 'Heading Out'

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Sue Perkins "forgot" to research being a vet for her new sitcom.

The TV presenter and comedienne - who plays a veterinarian in BBC Two sitcom, 'Heading Out', which she also wrote - admitted that while she had intended to research the profession, she ultimately forgot to.

In an interview with Reader's Digest magazine, she said: "I set the show in a vet's surgery because it's got to be somewhere, and you do get a big range of believable characters using vets - anyone can own a gerbil. But it was mooted that I do some research, and I sort of forgot about that bit.

"We did have a veterinary nurse in attendance when we filmed the opening scene where [her character] Sara puts a cat to sleep, though. She talked me through exactly how it's done.

"If I'm honest, killing a cat is quite a brave way to start a sitcom, don't you think? Although, of course, no animals were actually hurt in the making of 'Heading Out'."

The 43-year-old star also revealed that her presenting partner, Mel Giedroyc - with whom she hosts hit reality competition 'The Great British Bake-Off' - will make a cameo on the sitcom as the wife of a Russian entrepreneur.

She said: "She has a pedigree borzoi that she wants to put out to stud, but it's impotent. So she offers me a huge amount of money to somehow get it 'excited'."

The full interview will appear in the March issue of Reader's Digest, which is out on February 19th.

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