03 February 2012
The BBC has announced that it is running a new talent search to discover comedy writing talent (link now offline). If you have an idea for a comedy that 'reflects modern Britain', and that will have a studio audience roaring with laughter, then you have until 21st March 2012 to submit your entry. You need to put together a 30 minute script (roughly 30 pages), together with an outline of how you see the series developing. Since it's recorded in front of a studio audience and there's talk of catchphrases, I expect they're looking for something fairly mainstream.
The competition will be judged by Dawn French among others, and the prize is a week-long intensive course polishing your script with BBC producers, and the opportunity to have your sitcom staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in the BBC's new home of Salford.
Last year, I attended the Comedy Writers' Festival in London, and shared some of the key things I learned about how to write comedy.