Sue has glided from writing French & Saunders skits to conducting orchestras, getting the nation baking and exploring the Mekong river. After dinner Sue serves up a melange of historical, comical and culinary tales.
Writer, presenter and broadcaster, the hugely talented Sue Perkins has been a firm favourite on British television for nearly fifteen years. Together with her presenting partner, Mel Giedroyc, she entertained the nation with her unique brand of wit on the popular Light Lunch which ran for five series before transferring to an evening slot with the imaginatively titled, Late Lunch. Together they jumped and shouted their way through countless hours of television, marking the start of a double act that has lasted for seventeen years.
Over the years, Sue has worked on a wide range of solo projects, including documentaries on art, popular fiction and history. In 2008 she appeared on the BBC show Maestro, which she won, culminating in her conducting at The Last Night of the Proms. She has also collaborated with the food critic, Giles Coren on a number of programmes including The Supersizers series, where they got to experience food from a variety of historical periods, including sow’s udder pate, Bovine Bread and Butter Pudding, Duck Tongues and several thousand bottles of wine.
Other projects with Giles have included Giles and Sue Live The Good Life and Giles and Sue’s Royal Weddings.
In recent years Sue has developed a name for herself as a bit of a foodie and has worked on a number of food related programmes aside from those she has made with Giles Coren. These include The Big Food Fight and two series of The Great British Bake Off, which saw her reunited with her double-act partner Mel Giedroyc. The two made a massive impact on the series which further launched and introduced her to a new audience.
2011 saw Sue embracing adventure as she was flown off to Alaska with Charley Boorman to film an episode of World’s Most Dangerous Roads. The show followed Charley and Sue as they made their way alone, along the Dalton Highway, in Alaska. Closer to home, Sue also co-presented All Roads Lead Home where she learnt important tips of natural navigation alongside Stephen Mangan and Alison Steadman and explored her much loved home of Cornwall.
Sue has appeared on numerous panel shows including QI, Have I Got News For You and Argumental on TV and The News Quiz and Just a Minute on Radio. She has also contributed regularly to News Night Review and The Culture Show. As well as radio and TV Sue also contributes to various columns in magazines, most recently with a regular feature in BBC Homes & Antiques and Waitrose Weekend magazines.
Recently Sue has been concentrating on some of her own development projects, namely new Radio 4 panel show Dilemma, which sees Sue posing a series of moral and ethical dilemmas to a panel of comics, journalists and other great thinkers of our time. At the end of 2011 Sue worked on a TV project as a co-production between her own production company Square Peg tv and Northern Upstart which traces the story of the real Von Trapp family. 2012 has been a great year for Sue so far with her sitcom being commissioned for BBC 2 as a co-production with Square Peg TV and Red Productions. She also traveled to Vietnam and Thailand for a second series of World’s Most Dangerous Roads, this time with Liza Tarbuck as her driving partner.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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