Quote: Stobbart42 @ 3rd March 2018, 5:09 AM
My biggest fear is having a great idea only to realise it's been done before. Is there a big database of sitcoms anywhere? Preferably one searchable by setting, tone, character type/profession, clever twists on a theme.
I had an idea a while ago about a guy who's brother comes back from being away and stirs things up. Then 'Back' came out. I mean I never wrote anything and even if I had done it wouldn't have been any good, but... damn.
There's an episode of Steptoe and Son where Harold's brother he never knew about arrives from Australia and is everything Harold isn't.
Ideas aren't important, everybody has them, it's the execution that matters. Hence my point about the 20something flatshare blokes.
You won't find a bigger database of sitcoms anywhere than here. But I wouldn't waste your precious time trawling it to find out what ideas have been done, you'll never write anything that way!
Quote: Will Cam @ 3rd March 2018, 7:24 AM
Thanks for posting this Dave, really useful blog.