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BBC Comedy FAQ

Welcome to the BBC Comedy FAQ. We have tried to answer the questions we are most frequently asked here, so please look carefully - your question has most likely been answered.

Complaints

The BBC has a new system for dealing with complaints from our audiences. All complaints about the BBC, our programmes and services should be sent via our Complaints site.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When will a particular comedy be released on DVD?

    Unfortunately we do not have any inside information on DVD availabilty. The best place to find out when a DVD will be released or whether it is available is from an online store or your local retailer. A good starting point is our DVD Releases page, which is compiled from the release dates at the online BBC Shop.

    More DVD information »

  2. When will a particular comedy show be repeated/when is the next series?

    Generally we do not know very far in advance when a show will be repeated. Any information we can reveal about future series will be announced on the programme site or homepage, so remember to check in regularly for news updates.

    Note for international viewers: requests for information regarding the scheduling or distribution of programmes in your territory should be addressed to your local broadcasters. We cannot answer questions about the scheduling of repeats on foreign networks such as PBS, for example. Questions about the scheduling of programmes on BBC America should be asked at their site.

  3. Where can I send my comedy script or idea?

    We are sent a lot of ideas for shows such as Little Britain. While we love to read your ideas, most writers will not accept submissions from members of the public, as they prefer to write their own material. However, if you have written a complete original script you can send it to the BBC via the Writer's Room website.

    More information on writing comedy and submitting ideas »

  4. How can I get tickets to see a particular comedy being recorded?

    All information regarding tickets for most in-house BBC comedies can be found on the BBC Tickets website. Sometimes tickets to BBC shows are provided by outside agencies. These include Applause Store, Standing Room Only, TV Recordings, Be On Screen, Lost in TV and Hat Trick.

    The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

    We do not have any information regarding tours (e.g. Little Britain or The Mighty Boosh) as these are not associated with the BBC.

    More information on tickets »

  5. I've got a message for the star of a show! Could you send me their address or pass on a message?

    We do not give out the addresses of performers to members of the public. If you wish to write to an artist, your best bet is to do so via their agent. Agent information can usually be found easily on the web at sites such as The Spotlight - simply search for the name of the artist.

    More information on contacting shows and artists »

The BBC Comedy Website

  1. Can I use pictures or video from this site in my school project or corporate presentation?

    We cannot give you permission to use images, text and video from this site in educational projects, as they are protected by copyright. It is possible to licence pictures for a charge - please visit BBC Research Central for more information. If you'd like to use BBC materials in any other way, please contact BBC Worldwide for permission. They're very friendly.

    More information about using BBC materials »

  2. What is the bbc.co.uk Guide to Comedy?

    The Comedy Guide is a huuuuuuuge archive of information about every (well, nearly every) comedy programme ever broadcast in the UK. It's cross-referenced, and we're always adding video clips of BBC programmes that you can watch.

    More about the Comedy Guide »

  3. Why do you only use RealPlayer?

    We don't only use RealPlayer! We try to provide a choice between Real and Windows Media formats wherever possible. However, the older the video, the more likely it is to only be available in Real format.

    Get RealPlayer and Windows Media Player.

    The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

    More help with audio/video content on bbc.co.uk »

  4. Why have the full online episodes vanished?

    Due to broadcast rights, full episodes are usually only available online for up to a week after the final episode has been transmitted on TV. This service is only available for some shows.

  5. I've spotted an error...

    Please send us the URL of the page (which you can find in the address bar of your browser - just copy and paste) on which the error occurs, and tells us what the problem is.

    Report an error »

  6. How can I contact the bbc.co.uk/comedy web team?

    You can use this form to get in touch. We love to hear what you think about the site and BBC comedy programmes. However, we regret that due to the high volume of messages we receive, we may not be able to respond to yours in person.

Information for the media

  1. I'd like to use images from your site in my publication.

    If you're a journalist, picture editor or picture researcher who regularly requires BBC publicity images for editorial purposes, you should register with the BBC Picture Publicity website.

    Other UK press should visit BBC Research Central for more assistance.

    Non UK picture enquiries for publicity images relating to international programme transmissions should contact the relevant BBC Worldwide office.

  2. Could you update my talent profile on the Comedy Guide?

    The 'people' profiles in the Comedy Guide are not designed to be up-to-date 'CVs'.

    Instead they are indexes automatically created and updated when they are referenced in an article about a programme. If there is not an article for a programme, then it will not appear in your talent profile. Unfortunately it is not possible for us to add programmes to the profiles independently.

    More information on the Comedy Guide »

  3. How do I get hold of BBC video material to use in my own programme?

    The BBC Motion Gallery are the people who can help you with that.

  4. Who can I speak to about transmitting or adapting a BBC programme/format in a different territory?

    Please contact your nearest BBC Worldwide office.

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