British Comedy Guide

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 51 - Working With Producers

Download episode

Published: 22nd June 2017.   Length: 47 mins.   Size: 65.2mb

Fascinating discussion with Lovesick writer Tom Edge, who chats with Dave and James about finding the best producers for your work (can be done), working for free (shouldn't be done) and coping with failure and rejection (yes, happens to everyone).

Previous Episodes

Tom Edge.

Episode 49 - Tom Edge

25th May 2017.   40 minutes.

Dave and James prevent Tom Edge from getting any useful work done by turning up to his house and asking him questions about how he created and wrote Scrotal Recall/Lovesick...


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 45 - Sketches

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.


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 44 - Challenges and Questions

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...


The Museum Of Curiosity. John Lloyd. Copyright: BBC.

Episode 42 - John Lloyd

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...


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 37 - It's All A Plot

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'.


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 35 - Off the Bus, You Loser

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.


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 34 - Hell No! That's My Show

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...


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 33 - Idiots

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...


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 31 - The Podcast That Wasn't

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!


Contact Us

Email questions to

Production Credits

Producer: Katie Storey

Theme: Jane Watkins


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

Share this page