The Felix Dexter Bursary

Category: Cross Platform; TV; Radio

The Felix Dexter Bursary | BBC Comedy Commissioning | Deadline: Monday 30th July 2018 at 5pm

BBC Comedy and the BBC Writersroom have announced their continued commitment to developing talented BAME comedy writers with the Felix Dexter Bursary.  A six-month bursary will be awarded to an aspiring comedy writer to develop his or her skills at the BBC.

BBC Comedy Commissioning is the largest comedy department in the UK, responsible for some of the most watched and critically acclaimed programmes in the world.  BBC Comedy prides itself on working with the very best in comedy talent, new and established, on and off screen; across radio, online and all four BBC television channels. 

Writers' Guidelines

The opportunity, offered by BBC Comedy in partnership with the BBC Writersroom, is designed to find a writer with a fresh, unique point of view and the potential to help shape the future of comedy, whether in the BBC or elsewhere in the industry.  It aims to make a positive intervention to address an under-representation of BAME professionals in comedy production in broadcasting.

On a practical level, the bursary gives up-and-coming talent the chance to make comedy writing their main focus for six months, while immersed in comedy production. They will hone their skills while gaining experience on a range of BBC comedies across radio, TV and online, on panel shows, shorts, sitcoms or comedy entertainment shows.  The programme will offer the writer the support they need to take the next step in their career.

The bursary is open to black, Asian and other ethnic minority writers or writing duos who are 18 or over.  Applications can be made via the BBC Writersroom from Tuesday 19th June at 5pm for six weeks, closing on Monday 30th July at 5pm.  Read the full Terms and Conditions of Entry

Application Questions:

Q1 – Write your own obituary from the perspective of someone you don’t get along with (500 words max). The scheme is read blind so use an alias.

Q2 – Write a sketch incorporating a first date at a funeral (1000 words max).

Q3 - Please critique two examples of comedy programming from the last 6 months. Please describe one you enjoyed and one you felt could have been improved – please justify your answers; what would you have done differently?   Please answer in no more than 500 words.

Answers to the above must be saved as one single PDF file, no larger than 10MB, with each question and answer clearly defined. (Do not include your name on this document as all submissions will be read blind, in the first instance.)

Entry Requirements:

  • A good knowledge of British comedy and comedy television in general
  • Experience of writing to a brief set by others – to be outlined in your Writing CV
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to express all issues and ideas clearly and concisely
  • Experience of working to a deadline – to be outlined in your Writing CV
  • Duos can submit, but no writing teams
  • Entrants must submit a Writing CV document as well as a short biography, to be entered on your BBC Writersroom E-submissions profile
  • Entrants must be over the age of 18 at the time of submitting
  • Entrants must be available to attend an interview in London between the 11th and 27th September 2018

Submit here

Read the full Terms & Conditions of entry

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