British Comedy Guide

Inside Track Library

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


  1. James Cary on Writing Your Sitcom

    • Article
    • Writing

    Top sitcom writer James Cary is sharing his knowledge via a new online course. In this interview he talks about how to get started in comedy, the common mistakes people make in scripts, and the benefits of taking his course.

  2. Joel Morris and Neil Webster on comedy writing

    • Video
    • Writing

    An hour-long video featuring insight and advice from top comedy writers Joel Morris and Neil Webster. They discuss everything from starting out, to working with producers and taking notes.

  3. The 10 rules of sitcom writing

    • Article
    • Writing

    Freelance comedy producer and executive Alison Vernon-Smith talks us through the ten rules of sitcom.

  4. Steven Dick & Chris Grady on comedy writing

    • Article
    • Writing

    Comedy writers Steven Dick and Chris Grady, the creators of radio sitcom Saddled, offer up some great tips on creating characters.

  5. Notes from the first Short Com Sitcom Writing Competition

    • Article
    • Writing

    Following on from their recent writing competition, Short Com director Chris Aitken runs through some of the common habits new sitcom writers portray, and gives suggestions for how people can potentially improve their scripts.

  6. Harry Venning: Dog turned lamppost

    • Article
    • Writing

    Harry Venning explains how he used to rip sitcoms apart in his job as a TV reviewer. However, when he brought Clare In The Community to Radio 4, he then realised what it was like to be on the other side of things.

  7. Fix the first 10 pages of your sitcom script

    • Article
    • Writing

    Some advice for how to make sure the first ten pages of your sitcom script are as impressive as possible.

  8. Final thoughts before you press send

    • Article
    • Writing

    "I have a script which I don't think I can make good enough in time for a competition deadline, should I send it off anyway? Or keep working on it?"

  9. How we write Tourist Trap

    • Article
    • Writing

    Gareth Gwynn, Sian Harries and Tudur Owen explain how they plan and write Tourist Trap, the semi-improvised sitcom on BBC Wales. They offer up some great insight and tips.

  10. Nine sitcom writing plotting points

    • Article
    • Writing

    Dave Cohen shares advice on the nine Ps of plotting sitcom episodes: plan, personal, proactive, point of no return, pendulum, peril, pathos, punchline and persist.