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Jon Aird | 13:17 UK time, Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Are you a writer, performer or comedian? We're searching for the next generation of comedy talent for Jesting About 2: Funny Gets Serious  which is being held in Newcastle.

Jesting About is a partnership between BBC North, BBC Comedy and Northern Film & Media, with the aim of finding and developing the best comedy talent.

Last year, successful applicants undertook a programme of workshops led by the likes of Bob Mortimer and Ross Noble, before pitching ideas, scripts and sketches to BBC Commissioners.

Applicants performing at Jesting About 1

Applicants performing at Jesting About

Many have gone on to great things as a result, for example being commissioned for BBC Comedy Online, Mock the Week, The Now Show and Celebrity Juice.

This year, BBC Comedy are inviting pilot sitcoms for BBC One, there's an opportunity to create a pilot for a weekly live comedy and entertainment series for BBC Three, and BBC Newcastle and BBC Tees are keen to discover new talent for a specially commissioned half hour pilot show.

We want jesters from all walks of life and levels of expertise to submit their funniest ideas. Successful applicants will attend workshops and receive support from BBC Executive Producers and Commissioners to develop their ideas into pilots.

Entry forms should be sent to jestingabout@bbc.co.uk. The closing deadline is noon on Monday 28th November and successful applicants will be announced on Friday 9th December 2011.

For more information, terms & conditions and application forms here are some handy links...

And here's the radio show from last time:

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  • Comment number 1.

    Sorry, I'm a bit slow, does the sitcom pilot idea have to be the Toy Boy one mentioned in the brief? (giving away my amateur credentials here by not understanding the word deliverables)

  • Comment number 2.

    drshocktopus, you're not alone. I'm afraid I'm equally confused by the TV Sitcom brief. Can anyone confirm whether this is about coming up with totally new ideas or whether the Miriam Margoyles and "Toy Boy" ideas are outline briefs that we have to work to?
    Little help?

  • Comment number 3.

    I'm with you two. I have no idea what we're supposed to do. I've had a look at the application form and all it mentions is sending the actual 10 page pilot. I suppose I'll just send that; I don't think I could cope with 30 minutes of 'Coming of Age.'

  • Comment number 4.

    Just to clarify Jessting About are only able to accept sitcom scripts based on the 2 briefs provided.

    1. A vehicle for Miriam Margolyes and Joe Tracini ( and their unique chemistry as seen Coming of Age- though they are not asking for a script for Coming of Age).

    2. Toy Boy.

    I hope this clears things up.


  • Comment number 5.

    Hey, thanks for that writersroom person.
    Could I suggest that it may be a good idea to amend the brief to be a bit clearer for other potential entrants? It could be me (and these other 2 commenters) but I've read and re-read the brief many times and I was still confused.
    Much obliged

  • Comment number 6.

    I'm sorry, is there an option to do either 1 or 2 here or do we have to provide character profiles, episode outlines and the first 10 pages of the script for both 1 and two? Thanks for any help!

  • Comment number 7.

    I agree that the brief was highly ambiguous. I eventually understood what was needed, but only after much reading and re-reading it out loud. Then I got it.

    I would also ask the BBC Writers room if they could clarify if the total of 15 pages includes the 6 episode outline, the character outline and the pilot episode. To me that doesn't seem very much to include all of that information, but then I am new and probably a lot green (!).

    Also, could anyone please help me to understand exactly what a treatment is? Some say it is just another word for a synopsis, others say it is more specific than that and that actually it will differ depending on who your submission is for.

    See I told you - Green.

    Many thanks in advance.


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