Fleshing out your characters: Part 1

Father Ted. Image shows from L to R: Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon), Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions

Characters (as everybody who enjoys sitcoms, or regularly reads our Pro columns, will know) are what drive narrative comedies. Yes, in some shows the situation is important: sometimes where the show is set is integral, on other occasions it simply provides the background for the character interplay.

But the personalities who populate your script - be it a comedy for television or radio, or even a stage play (writing a piece for the stage can be an excellent exercise for budding sitcom writers, as we explain here) - are absolutely integral to its success.

It doesn't always matter if they're...

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Published: Wednesday 24th August 2022

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