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Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

A podcast series for those interested in the mechanics of situation comedy. James Cary and Dave Cohen discuss the art of sitcom writing for TV and Radio.

Episode 73 - Writing Windows and Open Doors

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Published: 15th March 2018.   Length: 58 mins.   Size: 80.4mb

Attention new writers! The BBC Comedy Script Window opens on 19 March 2018. Here's tonnes of useful writing tips from the people who'll be reading your scripts - Simon Nelson and Amanda Farley of BBC Writersroom.

Previous episodes

Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 68 - How Many Is Too Many?

25th January 2018.   37 minutes.

Bonus episode! James and Dave with updated writing tips for 2018, plus answers to your questions about working with a partner and how many episodes is the right number.


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 62 - Back To Basics

9th November 2017.   35 minutes.

'When you build a house you don't start with the roof'. Dave and James talk about how to structure your sitcom, make your characters clearer and - you'll like this...


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 61 - Breaking In

26th October 2017.   41 minutes.

As the Writers' Guild launch a new award for best online show, James and Dave update their views about breaking in to comedy via the internet. Plus a short tribute...


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 59 - Notes on Notes

28th September 2017.   27 minutes.

Dave and James with more notes on notes: If you think getting notes is bad, try giving them. Plus another 10 page challenge. If you enjoy this podcast, why...


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 54 - Ask Us Anything

3rd August 2017.   50 minutes.

Dave and James' first foray into Facebook Live answering your sitcom-related questions is now a podcast, plus some thoughts on the recently announced BBC pilots. To watch it and see...


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James Cary.James Cary is a comedy writer for BBC TV and Radio. His latest series is Bluestone 42 for BBC Three, which he co-created and wrote with Richard Hurst. He met Richard working on Series 1 & 2 of BBC's award-winning sitcom, Miranda. James has also written episodes of My Hero and My Family for BBC One. His radio credits include three series of Hut 33, four series of Think the Unthinkable, and sketch show, Concrete Cow. He has also written four series of Another Case Of Milton Jones with, er, Milton Jones for BBC Radio 4. @sitcomgeek

Dave Cohen.Dave Cohen, a Perrier nominee in a previous century, was a founder member of the Comedy Store Players. In recent years he has become more known as a comedy writer, having written for Have I Got News For You and Not Going Out, and as a comic songwriter, co-creating the Radio 4 hit 15 Minute Musical and writing loads of songs for the hit BBC Childrens' Show Horrible Histories and ITV's Newzoids. His book How to be Averagely Successful at Comedy was published in 2013. @cohendave

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