Felix Dexter Bursary
So far it has been career changing and I hope I continue on an upward trajectory.Jonny Wright (Felix Dexter Bursary 2017)
A six-month bursary awarded to aspiring comedy writers to develop their skills at the BBC.
An opportunity, offered by BBC Comedy in partnership with the BBC Writersroom, which is designed to find writers 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 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 offers the writers 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 aged 18 or over.
Applications for the second Felix Dexter Bursary were open in summer 2018 and the successful writers were announced in November 2018 as Phoebe Roy and Nathan Roberts.
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Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.
Read this script from the BBC Drama archive.