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Newsjack Series 23 - September 2020 Page 6

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Newsjack

Topical satirical sketch show on Radio 4 Extra. The programme has an 'open door' policy allowing anyone to submit material

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BTF

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020, 12:19pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 558 posts

Same. Little time. Rushed off 2 BNs and 3 BWGWs at last minute. They were a bit obvious but fun to do so, whatever.

Quote: Kenny Bania @ 6th October 2020, 10:52 AM

I'd love to know how the submission numbers are for this series - whether many people who would be otherwise at work and aren't ( or are home based ) are finding they have more time to try and write stuff. Don't know where other people live, but where I am able the weekend weather was pretty desperate - an ideal time to sit in and fine tune a sketch

They just answered a Twitter query..submissions have definitely increased.
Still when you are competing against 500 or 600 or 700 sketches which I reckon is normal non pandemic stuff and they put 4 on, another 300 makes no bleeding difference.

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Kenny Bania

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020, 12:44pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 263 posts
Quote: skram @ 6th October 2020, 11:17 AM

I was very short for time this week, no sketches and only 3 breaking news - not holding out much hope!

Hope you got through this time after last week's ' time out '

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skram

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020, 1:16pm
  • Dartmoor, England
  • 95 posts
Quote: Kenny Bania @ 6th October 2020, 12:44 PM

Hope you got through this time after last week's ' time out '

Ha yes, well I got the auto-response very quickly today thanks.... probably helped by me hitting refresh 50 times per second :)

I think the lack of audience must make it harder for them to put together a funny show, whilst we all have our own sense of humour there's nothing like the broad brush of the audience's reaction to give you a definitive answer before editing. Maybe they could have issued "Zoom" tickets and had an online audience?

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Dantrobus

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020, 1:31pm
  • Sheffield, England
  • 126 posts

Felt like pulling teeth, those one liners. Finally dragged out 2 BNs and 1 GWBW that I could bear to submit. Good luck to all this week!

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Exe Chris

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020, 5:09pm
  • Exeter, England
  • 91 posts

Was really a struggle this week. Two atrocious puns and another low quality 'gag' made up my BN this week. If I had to say them out loud to get them submitted I think I would be too embarrassed to bother. The GWBWs were of the same low standard that they always have been.

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TheKingLobotomy

  • Thursday 8th October 2020, 12:44pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 187 posts
Quote: Exe Chris @ 6th October 2020, 5:09 PM

Was really a struggle this week. Two atrocious puns and another low quality 'gag' made up my BN this week. If I had to say them out loud to get them submitted I think I would be too embarrassed to bother. The GWBWs were of the same low standard that they always have been.

Atrocious puns is the sort of puns they like. Good luck

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BTF

  • Thursday 8th October 2020, 1:42pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 558 posts
Quote: TheKingLobotomy @ 8th October 2020, 12:44 PM

Atrocious puns is the sort of puns they like. Good luck

True

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GAP1

  • Thursday 8th October 2020, 6:04pm
  • Wales
  • 90 posts

They are saying on Twitter that the e-mails have gone out, which means it's a bad week for me because I haven't received one.

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DeathbyMonkey

  • Thursday 8th October 2020, 6:13pm
  • England
  • 716 posts

Genuinely very disappointed this week as I think I've sent in some of my best stuff

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Dantrobus

  • Thursday 8th October 2020, 6:13pm
  • Sheffield, England
  • 126 posts

Nothing here either. Made the mistake of allowing myself to feel a bit of hopefulness about my sketches so feeling a bit more despondent than usual this week.

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BTF

  • Thursday 8th October 2020, 6:17pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 558 posts

Same. Expected. Luckily didn't spend time I didn't have to spare writing the material I sent.

Obvious I know but just because your work doesn't get on, doesn't mean it's not very good..it has to be a lottery due to sheer levels of numbers.

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Kenny Bania

  • Thursday 8th October 2020, 6:18pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 263 posts

Rejects here I come......

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Exe Chris

  • Thursday 8th October 2020, 6:51pm
  • Exeter, England
  • 91 posts

Puns obviously not atrocious enough...

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JonT

  • Thursday 8th October 2020, 7:48pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 49 posts

Swing and a miss for me too. I'm not regularly active on here, is it a lower success rate than usual?