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  1. A sitcom set is a character too

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 18th October 2019

    Dave Cohen explains how a sitcom set can be a character in its own right.

  2. Harry Potter and the funny secondary characters

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 17th October 2019

    Through the works of JK Rowling, Dave Cohen explores the roles and importance of secondary characters.

  3. Directing a feature animation

    • Article
    • Production
    • 17th October 2019

    Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon co-director Will Becher discusses his career in animation and the making of the new blockbuster feature film.

  4. Event to meet comedy festival organisers

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 16th October 2019

    An event is being run on Sunday 10th November 2019 in London, giving comedians a chance to meet the organisers of numerous comedy festivals.

  5. Rules to create great sitcom characters

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 16th October 2019

    Are comedy writers putting in enough work when creating new characters? Dave Cohen looks at the art of character creation.

  6. Two sides to every character

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 15th October 2019

    Dave Cohen explains how coming up with key words to describe your characters can be very helpful.

  7. Killing your darlings: What I learned turning from producer to writer-performer

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 15th October 2019

    Former Radio 4 producer Adam Bromley discusses the lessons he's learnt in the process of changing roles to become a writer-performer.

  8. What Is Character?

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 14th October 2019

    Dave Cohen takes a look at two comedy character types: The Monster and The Odd Couple.

  9. Chorts Fest 2019

    • Article
    • Production
    • 14th October 2019

    Chorts Fest 2019 - an event to showcase the best 2 minute comedies by independent creators - will take place on the 3rd November in London.

  10. Caimh McDonnell on finding success via self-publishing

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 9th October 2019

    We talk to Caimh McDonnell, one of the nominees of the Kindle Storyteller Award. In this interesting interview, he talks about how to be successful in the world of self-publishing novels.

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Foiled.
  • Article
  • Writing

We chat to Beth Granville and David Charles, the writers behind BBC Radio Wales sitcom Foiled, which is now in its third series. They give some absolutely brilliant in-depth insight here into the work involved in creating and sustaining a sitcom.

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The Undercover Recruiter. Michelle Fahrenheim.
  • Article
  • Production

Comedians Tom Goble and Ant Craven explain how they created The Undercover Recruiter, which is billed as Instagram's first ever sitcom.

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Red Pen.
  • Article
  • Writing

Here's four bits of brilliant advice for those thinking of making a career as a comedy writer.

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