British Comedy Guide

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The latest news and insight from the British comedy industry, with many exclusive features for BCG Pro members.

  1. Chorts 2020 competition opens

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 26th October 2020

    Chorts 2020 is open for entries. The competition is after sketch scripts which can be turned into videos.

  2. Making A Scene Of It competition launches

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 22nd October 2020

    BCG Pro's Making A Scene Of It competition involves Dave Cohen judging individual scenes from sitcoms.

  3. The Blaine Brothers on directing Out Of Her Mind

    • Article
    • Production
    • 20th October 2020

    Directors Ben and Chris Blaine discuss making Sara Pascoe's sitcom Out Of Her Mind. There's some great insight and advice in this interview.

  4. Interview with the TriForce Creative Network team

    • Article
    • Production
    • 16th October 2020

    The TriForce Creative Network has been at been working tirelessly to improve diversity in areas such as acting, producing and directing. Fraser Ayres and Minnie Ayres from TCN explain more here.

  5. BBC Comedy Room 2020 participants

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 15th October 2020

    BBC Writersroom has sifted through 3590 scripts to select the 19 people to take part in its Comedy Room 2020 scheme.

  6. DLT Entertainment Ltd..

    DLT Entertainment invests in Gag Reflex for new prod co

    • News
    • 15th October 2020

    DLT Entertainment has bought a substantial investment share in agency Gag Reflex, with whom it will launch a new Manchester-based production company.

  7. Vikki Stone.

    My Comedy Career: Vikki Stone

    • Article
    • 14th October 2020

    Here's a really great interview in which Vikki Stone explains and demonstrates why it's good to have a diverse range of skills and projects, rather than trying to put all your eggs in one basket.

  8. Gold Christmas cracker joke competition 2020 opens

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 8th October 2020

    This opportunity/event has now finished/closed.

    TV channel Gold's annual topical Christmas cracker joke competition is open for entries.

  9. BBC Studios.

    BBC Studios announces 4 new comedy producers

    • Article
    • 8th October 2020

    BBC Studios has announced the hiring of four new executives to its comedy production team.

  10. Anil Gupta joins Sky Studios

    • News
    • Production
    • 6th October 2020

    BAFTA-winning writer and producer Anil Gupta has joined Sky Studios as creative director for original comedy in the UK.

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Jon Holmes.
  • Article
  • Writing

Jon Holmes's extraordinary Radio 4 show The Skewer is back - and, as he explains in this interview, he's always on the lookout for new ideas and new writers. This feature included details on what they're looking for, and how to submit.

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Not For Broadcast.
  • Article
  • Production

Comedy writer George Vere discusses scripting and starring in Not For Broadcast: The Telethon - his first venture into writing for a video game.

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Malcolm & The Magpies. Philip L Moore.
  • Article
  • Production

As he explains in this interview, Philip L Moore has overcome several hurdles to film and release a pilot of his comedy show about a group of bungling but lovable criminals.

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Short Com.
  • Article
  • Writing

Following on from their recent writing competition, Short Com director Chris Aitken runs through some of the common habits new sitcom writers portray, and gives suggestions for how people can potentially improve their scripts.

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Interesting articles from other websites

Avalon buys into another talent management firm

Comedy management and production company Avalon has bought a majority stake in fellow talent company The Agency.

Chortle, 20th October 2020

Dire future for England's small arts organisations

This week, the UK government announced £257m in emergency arts funding - we hear from some of those who missed out, complaining of baffling applications and a lack of guidance, including from Jessica Toomey, director of the Frog and Bucket comedy club.

Rhi Storer, The Guardian, 16th October 2020

How much of my success is due to white privilege?

What are your chances of becoming a writer? Of being successful enough to make a living? We're always being told it will depend on a combination of talent and hard work but that's not the whole answer. How much is down to you, and how much to your personal circumstances? The question of the moment is about your identity. Where are you from, and how does that affect your chances of success?

Dave Cohen, Chortle, 14th October 2020

Meet Funny Women Comedy Shorts winner Nikola McMurtrie

Nikola McMurtrie and her film Karaoke: Behind the Lyrics won the award.

Funny Women, 13th October 2020

Meet 2020 Funny Women comedy writing winner Kate Elmer

We caught up with Kate to discuss her win and her creative process...

Funny Women, 12th October 2020

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