British Comedy Guide

Inside Track Library - Writing (general)

This is our section for advice about general comedy writing.

  1. Simon Allen on creating The Watch

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    Simon Allen talks about writing and producing The Watch, the comedy drama based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. There's some great insights from him in this piece.

  2. 20 challenges to being a comedy writer

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    • Writing

    We asked some full-time comedy writers to list negatives of the job. We caught them on a bad day... they don't hold back as they go through 20 problems that exist within the industry.

  3. How to write a stand out treatment

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    • Writing

    Treatments for comedy shows can be deceptively difficult to write. We take a look at the common structure of these documents, and offer some advice on how to write a slick pitch.

  4. 10 ways to overcome Writer's Block

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    • Writing

    In this article we discuss ten ways that comedy writers can deal with writer's block. From questioning your characters to the 45 minute rule, this advice should help you fill that script page.

  5. Steven Moffat talks about writing comedy

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    • Writing

    Top writer Steven Moffat discusses creating characters, plotting, working with directors, dealing with failure, and why writing comedy is harder than drama.

  6. Julia McKenzie.

    BCG Pro Sessions video: Julia McKenzie

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    A video recording of our BCG Pro Sessions Q&A with Julia McKenzie, the Creative Director for BBC Studios Audio. She explains the commissioning process for new ideas, ways writers can develop, and more.

  7. In Defence Of The First-Draft Freewrite

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    • Writing

    "Write first, apologise later"... comedy writers Ed Amsden and Tom Coles deliver an impassioned plea in defence of a first-draft freewrite.

  8. Looking back at Two Pints

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    Loved by its audience and loathed by critics, this week marked the 20th anniversary of sitcom Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps. Comedy writer Tim Dawson, who got his first break on the show, reveals what he learned and reflects on the programme's achievements.

  9. Bill Dare.

    BCG Pro Sessions video: Bill Dare

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    Top writer and producer Bill Dare joined us for our first ever BCG Pro Sessions interview. If you missed it, you can catch up via this recording.

  10. Juggling comedy writing with a paid job

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    • Writing

    Thinking about trying to juggle a part-time or full-time job with a career in comedy writing? We take a look at the options you have, and offer up some tips for getting the balance right.