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Jesting About - Results announced.

Steve Saul | 14:55 UK time, Friday, 11 February 2011



Over twenty aspiring comedy writers have won places on our Jesting About scheme, which was designed to nurture new talent in the North East.

Bob Mortimer said, "When I launched Jesting About in December last year, I said that some of the funniest people I have ever met are from the North East and judging from the hundreds of comedy ideas, scripts and sketches that have been sent it seems that I was right. There's been a great response and now it's time to get down to business and turn the ideas into reality."

Successful candidates span the North East region, including submissions from Gateshead, Guisborough, Newcastle, South Shields, Stockton on Tees, Sunderland and Whitley Bay.

The winners are as follows:

TV Writing Team - Developing a script for a BBC One sitcom.

  • Karen Laws.
  • Bridget Deane.
  • Keith Brumpton.
  • Paul Christian.
  • Christopher Stanners.

Radio - creating a half hour radio sketch show for BBC Newcastle and BBC Tees.

  • Gavin Webster.
  • John Scott.
  • Holly Burn.
  • Dave Metcalf, Andrew Kirkwood and Jamie McLeish.
  • Rob Gilroy.
  • Nitin Kundra.
  • Trevor Fox and Joe Caffrey.
  • Will and Owen Cooper.

Online comedy.

  • Nick Lewis.
  • James Harris and Ben Klimmeck.
  • Alex Collier.
  • Claire Storey
  • Lambert (representing Dene Films).
  • James Boughen.

Everyone have two months to learn from successful professional funny people like Bob Mortimer, Ross Noble, Ian Le Frenais and Susan Nickson. They will then showcase their pilots to commissioning editors in Newcastle on April 20th.

We can't wait to see what they come up with!


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