30th March 2017. 36 minutes.
Dave and James talk about sketches, as well as books and podcasts on writing. And another First Ten Pages is put under the spotlight.
16th March 2017. 43 minutes.
James and Dave return with two more ten page challenges, and tackle your questions - including story arcs, meeting producers, and the exact mathematical answer to 'how many plots per...
16th February 2017. 47 minutes.
James and Dave celebrate Episode 42 by discussing Life, the Universe and Everything with comedy legend and original
Hitchhiker's Guide co-writer John Lloyd. A funny and touching tour of Douglas...
15th December 2016. 28 minutes.
Dave and James talk about the pitfalls of story arcs, fixing characters and breaking fourth walls.
1st December 2016. 44 minutes.
In this episode, Dave and James return to the pain and pleasure (and many other p's) of plotting. Plus two 'First Ten Pages'.
3rd November 2016. 34 minutes.
Dave and James talk about what makes a sitcom character - and the importance of familiarity, flaws and lack of self-awareness. Plus another brief appearance from the rodents.
20th October 2016. 43 minutes.
Dave and James look at three First Ten Page pages, and answer some listener questions, including what happens when you switch on the TV and realise someone has got to...
6th October 2016. 35 minutes.
We all love Dougal, Trigger and Bubble. There is a fine traditional of idiocy in sitcoms. James and Dave talk about the joys and challenges of idiots - and how...
22nd September 2016. 38 minutes.
With the return of
Newsjack on Radio 4 Extra, James and Dave explain why every wannabe sitcom writer should be brushing up their topical sketches.
8th September 2016. 9 minutes.
In this shorter episode, James answers an email and recommends other listening that should be of interest to sitcom writers. Back to normal soon. Promise!
18th August 2016. 40 minutes.
James and Dave get geeky and technical with writer/script editor
Andrew Ellard as they ask listeners' questions, covering characters, plot lines and sitcoms set-ups. So they cover everything, really. Nice.
30th June 2016. 50 minutes.
James and David talk about the pros and cons of crowdfunding sitcoms and give notes on the first ten pages of three scripts sent in by some brave listeners.
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Jane Watkins Biographies
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.blogspot.co.uk @sitcomgeek
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. davecohen.org.uk @cohendave