Comedy commissioning

BBC comedy commissions approximately 120 hours of content a year across BBC One, Two, Three and Four.  Watch our commissioners discuss the range of content along with their top tips below.


Pitching to comedy - where to fit your idea

Controller Shane Allen outlines the different shapes and durations for comedy across BBC channels.

Comedy pilots across channels

Commissioners Shane, Alex and Gregor outline the opportunities for new content across BBC One, Two and Three each year

Comedy masterclasses: watch the commissioners outline their content

Sketch shows

Controller Shane Allen


Controller Shane Allen

Singles and anniversaries

Commissioner Alex Moody


Commissioner Gregor Sharp

Threesomes on Three

Commissioner Sarah Asante

Pitching to comedy commissioning

Watch the video for top tips from Shane Allen

Visit the pitching to BBC Television page for further insights

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

Please note, individuals unattached to an independent production company can not use BBC Pitch. Please visit the Ideas from the public page to find alternative methods to get in touch or scroll down for the latest BBC Writersroom partner opportunities.

New talent

BBC Comedy supports a number of schemes to find and nurture new comedy talent both on and off-screen.  Some of these are run directly by the commissioning team, and some in partnership with other parts of the BBC and external organisations. Details about these opportunities are usually published when the schemes are open for applications. Find out more about a few of our recent initiatives and general BBC support for comedy talent in the links below.