Comedy on BBC One

Commissioning slots

  • More pre-watershed family comedy to complement the 9 and 9.30 pieces
  • Pre and post watershed scripted comedy: generally in series of six x 30 minutes, although could commission greater volume for the right project
  • Some specials, particularly around Christmas


BBC comedy commissions approximately 33 hours a year on BBC One.

Shane Allen

Comedy Playhouse pilots

Pilot across channels


Sketch shows


Singles and anniversary specials

The BBC One audience expects and deserves gold-standard talent, top-drawer writing and the highest production values from comedy. We’re always looking for the right ideas and the right people on and off screen to deliver on these expectations.

We continue to make the development of new scripted comedy for BBC One a high priority. We want to create a mix of pre and post-watershed commissions that will appeal to a broad audience, which are also ambitious, distinctive and fresh. There's a real appetite for both studio audience (Still Open All HoursMrs Brown's BoysNot Going Out) and single-camera shows (Peter Kay’s Car ShareOutnumbered) which demonstrate the perfect alchemy of premise, writing and casting.

We are always on the look out for mainstream family friendly pieces. 

We are always looking to build on the production activity in the Nations and Regions and to improve Diversity both in front of and behind the camera. Please include any details of diversity with your submissions.


Pitching to BBC comedy

All proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant genre controller or commissioner. 

Top tips and how we work

The audience

BBC One shows need to appeal to a broad, mainstream audience with larger than life comedy characters and situations that warm the heart. Accessible ideas, instant laughs and upbeat tones that promote both the unity and diversity of that audience are always welcome.

Familiar talent, universal themes and uncomplicated concepts will draw audiences to laugh together. Our viewers want to see their own experiences reflected and celebrated in our comedy mix and we need to offer more pieces that bring a comic perspective on all aspects of contemporary British life to our viewers from all backgrounds and all corners of the nation. 

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