The recent death of Richard Briers drew attention to how wretched much of the BBC’s mainstream sitcom output has become. ‘Heading Out’ isn’t going to reverse this downward slide, but if this opener to Sue Perkins’s series is a little light on laughs, it’s still sharply observed and amiably performed. Perkins, in particular, is unrecognisable from her hyper-irritating turns on ‘Supersizers’.
She plays Sara, a vet grappling with the prospect of coming out to her parents as she turns 40: animals, sexuality, family, age… Classic sitcom themes all, but the vaguely autobiographical nature of ‘Heading Out’ gives it a little extra frisson. The physical comedy of the set-piece netball match is awkwardly staged and among a generally strong supporting cast, Joanna Scanlan’s Miriam Margolyes impression seems to come from a different show entirely. Otherwise, a promising start.
Tea & Crafting
Like tea? Like craft? You'll definitely like this creative joint in Camden. Since it was set up in 2009 Tea & Craft has been teaching Londoners to knit, sew, crochet, embroider and much more. The classes are offered as one-off, drop-in sessions for beginners, as well as courses for those who want to learn a lot more. All materials are included, so all you have to do is pay and turn up. So successful are these tea-fuelled workshops, that Tea & Craft now run private sessions, too, for hen parties, baby showers and corporate events, as well as afternoon tea birthday parties.