British Comedy Guide

Inside Track Library - Writing sitcom

Writing sitcom is hard to master... there's lots to think about and learn! Hopefully these articles will help you hone your situations and characters.

  1. How to go from an episode idea to structuring scenes

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    We've all been there. You have an idea for a sitcom that you absolutely love... You maybe even have an idea for an episode, but when you sit down to write it, you have no idea how to fit it all together. We discuss how to easily structure an episode.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  4. BCG Pro Sessions video: Robert Popper

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    An hour-long video with top comedy writer, script editor, producer and performer Robert Popper. He chats about creating Friday Night Dinner, his writing process, and many other topics.

  5. My Comedy Career: Moray Hunter

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    With the third series of Alone, the gag packed sitcom he writes for Radio 4, returning to the airwaves this week, we talk to comedy writer, performer and Absolutely star Moray Hunter to find out more about his comedy life.

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

  8. Dos and Don'ts for Sitcom Writers

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    Top producer and comedy exec Simon Nicholls offers up some suggested Dos and Don'ts for those writing sitcoms.

  9. Re-writing Reluctant Persuaders without a studio audience

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    Edward Rowett, the creator of Radio 4's Reluctant Persuaders, explains how he re-wrote Series 4 to work without a studio audience. The techniques are quite different, so there's some very interesting insight in his article.