BBC Alba / MG Alba Gaelic Comedy Sketch Writing Initiative: Terms & Conditions

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BBC Alba / MG Alba Gaelic Comedy Sketch Writing Initiative: Terms & Conditions

BC Alba / MG Alba Gaelic Comedy Sketch Writing Initiative 

Terms and Conditions

Opening Date for Submissions:  Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 1200 Noon

Closing Date for Submissions: Wednesday 4th October 2017 at 1200 Noon

Finalists Notified:  Week commencing Monday 30th October 2017

Please submit your sketches and ideas via our online submission system:   

1.  To be eligible to enter you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be 18 or over as at 13th September 2017;
  2.  You must be a UK resident (including Channel Islands and Isle of Man) throughout 2017. The work you submit must not have been previously commissioned, optioned or produced including tv, online or radio.

Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested. The BBC’s (Writersroom, BBC Alba and MG Alba) decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

2.  Entrants must submit:

  1. 2 sketches that are each a maximum of 90 seconds long (1.5 pages roughly) 
  2. 2 one-line ideas. 
  3. A brief paragraph on your career to date.

Please note that the sketches, ideas and a brief note on your career to date must be submitted in PDF format -  please combine these into a single PDF file when uploading your submission.

We are open to submissions from individuals and writing teams up to a maximum of 2 people – including partnerships between Gaelic and non-Gaelic writers.  If you have an idea in English please team up with a Gaelic-speaker to support your submission. 

If entering as a group, all entrants must meet the entry requirements. Only one entry per person is permitted including any group entries.  Entries from writing teams will be disqualified if any of the individuals do not meet the entry requirements. Entries will be disqualified if the writing team can no longer work together as a team. 

Stage directions could be in English with a speech-by-speech translation of all Gaelic dialogue into English.

The Sketch must be legibly typed and formatted.

3.  The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering the scheme.   Please see the BBC’s Privacy Policy –

4.   Sketches should be submitted via our new online submission system

5.  Closing date for entries is Wednesday 4th October 2017 at 1200 Noon, after which it will not be possible to submit your Sketch online.

Unsuccessful entrants will only be notified, however, no feedback on any entry will be provided.

6.     All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

7.    As with any new sketch or idea, the BBC may require further drafts and revisions of shortlisted material. Writers who are shortlisted must be willing and able to undertake redrafting and revision work in conjunction with the BBC.

8.   All entries and anything developed as part of this opportunity must be suitable to be broadcast/published by the BBC.

9.  Subject to existing rights of the BBC, entrants retain the copyright in their original ideas but on being selected will grant to the BBC a licence to broadcast their entry across all media, as well as use it on any online platforms on standard prevailing BBC terms (as agreed with the Writer’s Guild, Society Of Authors and Personal Managers Association).

10.  By applying for the opportunity, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the opportunity and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

11.   All entries (to include sketches and 2 ideas) will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. The quality of the comedy writing
  2. The originality of the sketch idea and characters
  3. The ability to write for a pre watershed audience
  4. Demonstrate the clear potential of the sketch/idea returnability

12.  Entries will be judged through the following process:

Stage One

All entries will be reviewed anonymously by a judging panel, who will assess the Sketches against the criteria outlined above and select a longlist.

The BBC reserves the right not to read all the sketches submitted by one entrant if it is clear that the quality of the writing or subject matter is unsuitable or is in breach of any of these terms and conditions.

Stage Two

The judging panel will read and discuss the sketches and any writers deemed to qualify for further development will be selected.

Michael Hines (multiple award-winning comedy Producer/Director  - Still Game, Torcuil’s Guide to being a Gael, Dà Là san Dàmhair etc)

Bill Macleod (Commissioning Executive , Producer of Ran Dan)

Angela Galvin  (Development Producer, BBC Writersroom Scotland)

Seonag Monk & Calum Mackinnon  (Comedy writers – Ran Dan, Gaol @Gael etc) 

14.  The names of the selected entrants and any entrant whose entry is broadcast or used on-line will be made public. Entrants must agree to take part in any post-scheme publicity if required.

15.  The BBC’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16.  The BBC reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these terms and conditions.

17.  The BBC reserves the right to cancel or alter the scheme at any stage, including members of the judging panel if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the following website:

18.  The BBC reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any stage, including changing or substituting the selection process and the development opportunities. In this event, a notice will be posted on the following website:

19.  These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of United Kingdom.

20.  If the submitted sketch and/or idea has been through a development process with a production company, agent, training scheme etc. then this must be declared on the submission.

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