College of Comedy 2
It is now a week since deadline day, and the intensity of submissions arriving at a rate of one every two minutes has been replaced by a period of reflection.
There have been some queries to the college mailbox and on writing forums, largely to do with process, communication and the genre of submissions, so I will try to answer them all here.
I and a colleague read all the entries, and have produced a long-list of forty. Two colleagues are now reading the forty to come up with a shorter long-list (a top 20), which will be read by senior colleagues in the comedy department. All being well, they will get their reading pile by the end of the week. Guided by them - and optimistically hoping for consensus - we will then have a list of people to invite for interview.
All of the 40 have something special to offer.
I will write to the top20 to let them know they have got this far, and to the second 20 to let them know that they nearly made it. Obviously those are messages which are going to be difficult to write, and difficult to read for those who got close. I will also write to people whose work impressed but which failed to make the cut, as well as to the few whose lengthier CVs suggested they were prospering already in the industry.
That equates to a chunky number of emails, but I intend to get them out as quickly as possible, beginning with the 20 who have made the long-list, which should be by next Monday.
Some people have been wondering if submitting material not written for television has ruled them out. We received television and radio writing, film scripts, stage plays and animation scripts. Submissions of any genre were assessed in the same way, so no one needs to be concerned that a particular form counted against them.
Meanwhile, more writers have agreed to be involved with the college. They include Kwame Kwei-Armah, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jan Etherington, Graham Linehan and Steven Moffatt.