Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins

Date of birth: 22-11-1969
In the autumn of 1988, Sue Perkins, a student at New College, Cambridge University, got onto a stage for her first ever stand up routine. She was interrupted by a girl called Mel Giedroyc, marking the the start of a double act that would last 17 years.

Sue became president of the Cambridge Footlights in 1990, taking over from Henry Naylor, and in 1993 was shortlisted (with Mel) for the Daily Express Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

After a few years writing for French & Saunders they hosted a lunchtime show on Channel 4 called Light Lunch, and an teatime version, Late Lunch, as well as breakfast show RI:SE

On her own, Perkins appeared in Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 on Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Celebrity Weakest Link, Question Time and Newsnight on TV; and The News Quiz and Just A Minute on Radio 4. She also chaired the Radio 4 panel game 99p Challenge.

In 2005, she premiered her first one woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe, which then toured the county.

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Mel and Sue pull out of Nightly Show

'Due to our busy schedule'

It seems that it’s not only viewers who are deserting The Nightly Show.

Now Mel and Sue have pulled out of ITV’s new primetime comedy and chat show amid weak ratings and poor reviews.

The former presenters of the Great British Bake Off appeared in industry promotional films for the series and were widely reported to have signed up.

But in a joint statement yesterday they said: ‘We were approached to take part in the series. However, due to our busy schedule we were unable to make the dates work. We do wish the team all the best with the remainder of the series.’

Davina McCall is due to present next week and Gordon Ramsey on  the week commencing March 27 – but no one has been confirmed for next week.

Currently being hosted by John Bishop, the show averaged 1.8million viewers last week, under David Walliams’s stewardship – down on the 2million the News At Ten achieved in the same slot.

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Published: 9 Mar 2017

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