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crayon1

  • Tuesday 28th June 2016, 5:36pm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 5 posts

As all of you may know its been a number of months since the deadline closed for the bbc writers room comedy sitcom submissions.

I have yet to hear back from the BBC on how far my submission reached. A lot of me is thinking that this is not a good sign, and that the rejection emails are sent later, when they have more time. Because surely, if your submission passed their criteria, they'd be on the phone to you asap.

I'm just wondering if anyone has heard back from them, or if anyone has experience with the bbc writers room when it comes to timeframes etc.

I apologise for the post & I know I should just wait for an email. But I'm very impatient, which can be a curse if you're trying to be a comedy writer.

And good luck to all the other comedy writers out there!

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Bonzo

  • Tuesday 28th June 2016, 6:25pm
  • London, England
  • 835 posts

Hello
As far as I know from previous years, they send all the emails, good or not, on the same day, quite often on a Friday. And it takes a long time because they're a small team and they get hundreds of submissions.
So don't fret, hold tight, and good luck! :)

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Bomsh

  • Tuesday 28th June 2016, 11:53pm
  • England
  • 315 posts

Had 2 replies so far saying, basically, 'please be patient, we've got loads of submissions'.
Which I don't guess means anything more than exactly that.

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crayon1

  • Wednesday 29th June 2016, 12:19am
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 5 posts

Thanks for the responses. I guess patience is a necessity in this game.

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Tiggy

  • Thursday 30th June 2016, 8:57pm
  • Reading, England
  • 192 posts

No responses for me yet. I'm assuming it'll come in a gold envelope delivered by limo.

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Paul Wimsett

  • Tuesday 5th July 2016, 9:52am
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • 3,395 posts

I get all my rejections like that. Sweetens the pill...

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Bomsh

  • Tuesday 5th July 2016, 6:59pm
  • England
  • 315 posts
Quote: Bomsh @ 28th June 2016, 11:53 PM BST

Had 2 replies so far saying, basically, 'please be patient, we've got loads of submissions'.
Which I don't guess means anything more than exactly that.

Erm, yeah, turns out I meant the BBC Comedy Producer thing not writers room and was on the wrong thread. Sorry.

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Craig Thomas

  • Wednesday 6th July 2016, 5:50pm
  • London, England
  • 34 posts

From memory, and just looking back through the old BBC blogs, there is normally something by now.

No idea why it is both taking so long, and there has been no update about it.

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Mikey Jackson

  • Thursday 4th August 2016, 10:31pm
  • Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • 2,807 posts

They took so long because the had over 2000 scripts to get through.

Oh, by the way, I received an email from WR tonight telling me I'm through to the second round, i.e. another reader reading 20 - 30 pages of my script.

Anybody else get the hallowed email?

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Loopey

  • Saturday 6th August 2016, 2:17pm
  • Fairyland, England
  • 2,635 posts
Quote: Mikey Jackson @ 4th August 2016, 10:31 PM

They took so long because the had over 2000 scripts to get through.

Oh, by the way, I received an email from WR tonight telling me I'm through to the second round, i.e. another reader reading 20 - 30 pages of my script.

Anybody else get the hallowed email?

Nope but well done. Keep us posted.

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Paul Wimsett

  • Monday 8th August 2016, 11:38am [Edited]
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • 3,395 posts

Some of these 2000 scripts were written in crayon, though. I think the real reason is that they have other jobs.

EDIT: I honestly didn't see the user name of the person who started this thread.

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Jake Trusler

  • Monday 26th September 2016, 7:09pm
  • England
  • 8 posts

Has anyone who's script made it through the first read heard anything back yet? I get the feeling that no response after this long is probably a bad thing, just wondering whether I can dash my own hopes, or will the crushing rejection come in a stock email?

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Jake Trusler

  • Tuesday 27th September 2016, 5:05pm
  • England
  • 8 posts

And as if by magic, I got the 2nd round rejection email this afternoon. On to the next one I suppose...

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Johnny26

  • Friday 14th October 2016, 3:42pm
  • England
  • 79 posts

i have checked all my Emails and i can't find any relating my BBC effort, good or bad??

J26

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Jake Trusler

  • Saturday 15th October 2016, 10:05am
  • England
  • 8 posts

Did you get the initial email saying you'd made it through the first round of reads? If not, maybe check the writersroom website to see if it actually submitted properly in the first place. Because from my experience, you get a bad email from the bbc if they don't want the script, whatever stage you made it to. I suppose if you haven't heard anything it could be good news, but I'd check everything twice first.