British Comedy Guide

Inside Track Library

Here is the Inside Track library of timeless insight and advice.

  1. A sitcom set is a character too

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

  2. Rules to create great sitcom characters

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

  3. Two sides to every character

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

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

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

  5. What Is Character?

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

  6. Caimh McDonnell on finding success via self-publishing

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    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.

  7. How we developed Foiled

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    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.

  8. How we made Instagram's first sitcom

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

  9. BAFTA Masterclass: Finding the Funny - Guru Live London 2019. Image shows from L to R: Lucie Cave, Nida Manzoor, Diane Morgan, Lucy Lumsden.
  10. Advice to writers

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