The quick fire, self-depreciating comedy of Sue Perkins has made her a household name and a very firm favourite of British television viewers for nearly twenty years. She amuses and entertains the nation with her unique brand of wit and together with her long time presenting partner, Mel Giedroyc, The Great British Bake Off continues to delight, with the last series finale pulling in over 13 million viewers, making it the most watched TV show of the year. Over the years, Sue has worked on a wide range of solo projects, including documentaries on art, popular fiction, travel and history.
In the early days with Mel Giedroyc, she appeared 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 nineteen years.
She has continued to develop her own projects and after the success of Radio 4’s Dilemma, Sue was at her busiest ever. Her memoir Spectacles was released last year and garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews from fans and critics alike.
After the success of The Mekong River with Sue Perkins, Sue’s second travel documentary also aired. She visited India for the BBC special Kolkata with Sue Perkins, proving to be one of the most sensitive and moving travel shows we have seen in recent years.
In 2015 Sue was able to live out her TV presenting fantasies when she was asked to be a part of Thronecast on Sky Atlantic, the popular follow up show to Game of Thrones. She has been able to theorise plots, chat to weekly guests and most importantly, sit in the iron throne.
2013 saw the premiere of Sue’s own sitcom Heading Out which aired on BBC 2. Sue starred in, wrote and produced the series as a co-production with her company Square Peg TV and Red Productions. This series followed on Climbed Every Mountain which was Square Peg’s first co-production with Northern Upstart in 2011, where Sue traced the story of the real Von Trapp Family.
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 experienced 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.
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 as well as hosting Dilemma for Radio 4. She has also contributed regularly to News Night Review and The Culture Show.