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24 September 2014

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BBC Comedy FAQ

Writing comedy and submitting ideas

  1. 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.

  2. I've written an original comedy sketch. Where can I send it?

    Generally you cannot submit individual sketches for commissioning. However, some radio comedy programmes encourage submissions from new writers - check the Writersoom Opportunity page to see if any programmes are currently accepting material.

  3. I've made a funny video! Where can I send it?

    The BBC commissioning process does not accept video submissions from members of the public.

    However, if you'd like a chance for your video to be seen by lots of other people on the web, send it to the BBC Comedy Soup website!

  4. How do I pitch an original programme to the BBC?

    The BBC Commissioning website contains lots of useful information for members of the public. Generally you will need to have written a completed script for your idea to be considered.

  5. How do I get a job in the Comedy Department?

    All available positions are listed on the BBC Jobs website.

  6. How do I apply for work experience on my favourite show?

    You can't usually apply for work experience with particular BBC productions. All available BBC work experience is listed on the Work Experience website. You should check regularly to see if there is a position available in an area you are interested in. A wide range of work experience opportunities are available for ages 14 and up.

    If your favourite comedy show is made by an independent production company, you could search for their website and apply to them for work experience directly. However, as with in-house productions it is still unlikely that you can apply for a specific show: instead you should gain experience which is relevant to a range of different programmes.

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