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David Nobbs writing contest 2019

Monday 10th June 2019
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The David Nobbs Memorial Trust has opened entry to its third annual comedy writing contest, with a £500 prize fund to be won.


Press Clippings

Judges Announced for new comedy writing competition

The three judges have been announced for the first David Nobbs Memorial Trust writing competition, which opens for submissions on 1st January 2017. Founder of Yellow Door Productions and former head of comedy at Sky and the BBC, Lucy Lumsden, seasoned writer and comedian Marcus Brigstocke, and comedian and campaigner Josie Long have volunteered their time to support the recently founded charity.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 30th December 2016

David Nobbs Memorial Trust to launch writing competition

The David Nobbs Memorial Trust is to launch its first annual comedy writing competition. Opening on the 1st January, it has a £500 first prize.

British Comedy Guide, 6th December 2016

The David Nobbs Memorial Trust launches

The David Nobbs Memorial Trust, which has been setup in memory of the Reggie Perrin comedy writer, has launched. It is planning a comedy development scheme.

British Comedy Guide, 7th July 2016

Greatest sitcom ever: Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

Perrin was made in an age when the BBC did not feel the urge to use its drama and comedy programmes to proselytise about minority rights, prejudice, racism and homophobia. It took a problem common to the silent majority and explored it sensitively, but with brilliant humour. That was why Perrin was so popular in its day, and why if one watches the box set now, 40 years later, it transmits through wit something timelessly relevant.

Simon Heffer, The Telegraph, 6th July 2016

David Nobbs, remembered by Jonathan Coe

The following speech was given by novelist and writer Jonathan Coe at the Writers' Guild Awards ceremony, 18 January 2016, about the life of comic writer David Nobbs.

Jonathan Coe, Writers' Guild of Great Britain, 18th January 2016

David Nobbs: a man who took his humour lying down

I was once privileged to work with David Nobbs on material for a comedy revue at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford.

David Thomas, The Guardian, 13th August 2015

'A stealth drama riding on the wheels of a sitcom'

From mother-in-law gags to existential angst, The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin by the late David Nobbs was brilliantly funny, emotional and absurd.

David Quantick, The Guardian, 10th August 2015

David Nobbs dies aged 80

Reginald Perrin creator David Nobbs, a novelist and prolific comedy writer, has died at the age of 80.

British Comedy Guide, 9th August 2015