British Comedy Guide

Inside Track Library - Characters

Characters are the most important things in a sitcom.

  1. Introducing SREP: set-up, reveal, escalation, payoff

    • Article
    • Writing

    In this exclusive extract from Chris Head's new book, he introduces SREP: a structure that can be used in writing sketches, sitcom scenes and stand-up.

  2. How to write great characters who work with the plot

    • Article
    • Writing

    Jack Bernhardt discusses how to ensure that your plots and characters are working together... so there's never a scenario where you character ends up doing something they absolutely would never do.

  3. Image shows from L to R: Justin Sbresni, Mark Bussell.

    Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni interview

    • Article

    Writers, producers and directors Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni make great comedy shows via their company Busby Productions. Here they talk to us about their new online show, how they create characters, and more.

  4. Rules to create great sitcom characters

    • Article
    • Writing

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