Want to Write a Sitcom?
This beginner's guide to writing sitcom aims to could tickle your funny bones and get you writing.
John Toal puts himself on the line by talking to established comedy writers and, after taking their expert advice, writes his own short comedy which you can hear at the end of the show.
John's comedy is set in the quirky world of road bowling and is lovingly entitled "A Load of Balls".
John speaks to Father Ted co-creator Arthur Mathews about creating characters and how to choose an original situation for your comedy.
Tim McGarry and Damon Quinn, two of the creative minds behind our very own "Give My Head Peace", give John advice on making your audience laugh and how the best comedy characters often have the seven deadly sins.
Legendary comedy writers Marks & Gran have created countless classic sitcoms such as "Goodnight Sweetheart", "Birds Of A Feather", "The New Statesman" and "Shine On Harvey Moon". They give John tips on writing his story and get him thinking about theme.
The show also features clips from classic sitcoms "Fawlty Towers", "Father Ted", "Give My Head Peace" and "Steptoe and Son".
If you want to find out more about writing comedy, check out our "Sites Like This" links on the right, where you'll find lots of tips and advice to get you started.