The Sitcom Mission
With an emphasis firmly on script development, The Sitcom Mission is an international sitcom writing competition, 'The X Factor for sitcoms'. It showcases 15-minute sitcom scripts at The New Diorama Theatre in London in front of the British TV and radio comedy industry.
The winning entry in 2013 was Girlband, written by sketch group Those Three Girls. One of the judges said, "I didn't want it to end".
The 2013 Showcase was attended by development officers and producers from Channel X, So Television, Radio 4, Yalli Productions, Sprout Pictures, Retort TV, Left Bank Productions amongst others and was judged by BBC TV's Chris Sussman, Sky TV's Saskia Schuster and Tanya Quereshi and Iain Coyle from UKTV Commissioning.
Previous Grand Finals have been judged by a who's who of British comedy commissioning, including Shane Allen (Channel 4/Head of BBC Comedy), Jane Berthoud (BBC Radio), Sarah Farrell (Comedy Central), Lucy Lumsden (Sky), Myfanwy Moore (ITV), Gregor Sharp (BBC TV) and Paul Schlesinger (Hat Trick).
One of the runners-up in 2011, In The Meantime, by Ciaran Murtagh and Andrew Jones, was optioned by Hat Trick Productions. Andrew says, "This is a great opportunity to have your work read and assessed by lots of very useful people!" Previous winners Thunderer by Bryn Mills, What Next? by Emma Edwards and Abigail Dooley, and Yo Valet by Snez Naik were all optioned by Hat Trick.
The Sitcom Mission has the central aim of getting a situation comedy commissioned either on TV, radio or online. The format is of script development culminating in a rehearsed reading showcase. We're looking for writers who can take notes, are tenacious, thrive on feedback, love re-writing and adore the process just as much as the end result.
For 2014, we'll be long listing eight writers (or writing partnerships/groups) in order to develop their sitcoms. After a meeting with the producers, numerous notes from production company development officers and rewrites, we'll then be reducing this number to six scripts and performing them at a live public show, after which we'll decide which four to take through to the industry showcase at the New Diorama Theatre in central London.