So our final tally of entries is an astonishingly grand total of 1808 - a lot more than we usually get in script competitions, augmented no doubt by much tweet activity.

The readers are ploughing bravely into the scripts as i type and are already uncovering what they think may be contenders for the workshop. Halfway through the initial sift and we've had all kinds of characters, ideas, worlds and setups, from transvestites to trappist monks, pathology labs to magical doors, storage units to surreal newsrooms. Recurring themes include student sitcoms, hapless men, mockumentaries and the recession.

Watch this space...

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  • Comment number 70. Posted by asunnyday

    on 8 Apr 2011 16:10

    I too watched Candy's Cabs and despaired. I have a lot of faith in the writersroom system and hope that the chosen winners will someday be flooding our TV screens with comedy gold.

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  • Comment number 69. Posted by denbocheatalot

    on 7 Apr 2011 19:18

    Take hope everyone. I've just watched 'Candy Cabs' on BBC One - absolute rubbish. I reckon that of the 1808 scripts submitted 1809 were better than this drivel.

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  • Comment number 68. Posted by thelorax

    on 23 Mar 2011 13:37

    The winning script for the BBC talent sitcom competition is available on writersroom. It's called Marigold. If you're anything like me you'll think... "I don't get it."
    I too would like to read a script they selected for the Laughing Stock competition - I know mine wasn't. The guidelines suggested they were looking for something new and unusual, but if the person who reads your script is not on your wavelength, you won't make the shortlist. I do hope they've chosen something I can relate to - I could do with a good laugh.

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  • Comment number 67. Posted by Boc

    on 23 Mar 2011 10:14

    Hi. As another entrant who didn't get to the next round, if we're not getting feedback from the Beeb, maybe if someone who did get through was kind enough to give insight into what he/she did right it might benefit everyone who didn't.

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  • Comment number 66. Posted by tobykenobi

    on 23 Mar 2011 01:11

    was also going to email in, but then read that all had been notified. that last ray of hope has finally gone. yay! that being said, and i don't mean to sound arrogant, but i know my script is good enough to be on tv, if not the bbc, then some other channel. i know this simply because phoneshop, grandmas house, phonejacker, and countless other dross has made it past the initial stages and all the way through to production.

    it would be great to get feedback, and understand that it isn't possible to give in depth analysis, but even a one word reply would be nice, even if it was "rubbish", actually, on second thoughts....

    do agree with other people that it would be nice if they could post some scripts that people sent in detailing the good the bad and the ugly, so we can see where we are going right or wrong.

    to all those other people who didn't get through i shall quote the immortal words of the great Jon Bon Jovi, "keep the faith". and to all those that did get through, boooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Comment number 65. Posted by The_Absolute_Mentalist

    on 22 Mar 2011 11:15

    Unfortunately, this isn't the first competition's bowels that I've been expelled from. I know that feedback on scripts would be impossible given the sheer volume of entries but it would be helpful if, for instance, after the next round qualifiers are decided and with the consent of the writers, a couple of the survivor's scripts from round one were posted on the site. This would give us all some inkling as to what the Beeb were looking for. The feeling of shooting into a black hole every year can be a bit demoralising. I think this would be a great idea...but then I thought that about my sitcom entry...ahem.

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  • Comment number 64. Posted by maurf

    on 22 Mar 2011 00:37

    This is the first competition that i've entered and i didn't hear any more after the initial email, but to be honest i'm not terribly surprised that there have been hitches. How on earth do almost 2000 scripts get logged, given a fair read, and all of the writers properly responded to in such a short space of time? With the best will in the world, extra staff, and decent technology, it still seems a very tall order. I would have a little more faith if things were taken more slowly, and decisions were posted after a couple of months, not weeks!I promise this isn't sour grapes, i'm just bemused as to how it all gets done so swiftly.

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  • Comment number 63. Posted by WildMan1000000BC

    on 21 Mar 2011 17:41

    Jason Slater - I fear you are right sir, though it will be nice to get an email confirming, as I can't help but check my inbox every 2 minutes. I also hand delivered my script from Leeds to meet the deadline, I had visions of walking into the BBC office and being greeted by many brilliant comedians, such as Bernard Manning (who by the way has his own festival in the state of Nevada), saying "well done, you've made it, the very fact you've hand delivered this means you automatically progress to the next round", but the reality was very different. My only hope now is the medium of You Tube, I just need to find some willing actors and I'm in business.

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  • Comment number 62. Posted by Jason Slater

    on 21 Mar 2011 17:15

    WildMan, lol - it's a good job you didn't put that comment on Twitter!

    I think many of us are in the same boat - wondering what has happened and when/if an update may come and whether our emails have been lost at sea and no doubt we are snowing people under with more emails asking for updates.

    They do say "no news is good news" but in this case it feels more like "no news IS the news".

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  • Comment number 61. Posted by WildMan1000000BC

    on 21 Mar 2011 15:31

    Okay, so I have been waiting in the bushes silently watching this blog, waiting to leap out at the right moment, though I feel I have left it too late. My script has galloped off deep into the BBC forest without any tracks (apart from a confirmation email) and all I am left with is the steaming pile next to the trap I had set. Though fear not, the hunter never quits, so I continue through the forest in search of the mysterious forest lady "Fiona" hoping to know once and for all where my script has gone. Maybe it is wounded and I still have a chance, only time will tell.
    P.S. Please don't take this as a stalking post, I don't really hide in the bushes outside the BBC.

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