Comedy on BBC One
- 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.
Comedy Playhouse pilots
Pilot across channels
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 Hours, Mrs Brown's Boys, Not Going Out) and single-camera shows (Peter Kay’s Car Share, Outnumbered) 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
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.
Latest BBC Writersroom opportunities
Comedy Script Room 2018 open
BBC Writersroom's window for unsolicited scripts is now open. Deadline 16 April
Script call out for BBC Wales and S4C
It’s My Shout 2018 scheme seeks short scripts. Deadline 31 March
Theatre Playwriting Competition
Submit ten-minute plays on the theme 'hidden worlds'. Deadline 30 March
Scripts for short plays needed
Conservatoire of Acting seek short scripts for performance. Deadline 31 March
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