BCG Pro: Spring Sitcom Selection

Spring Sitcom Selection

Our latest exclusive opportunity for BCG Pro members is a sitcom script call via which you can catch the eye of two experienced TV producers who are actively looking for new projects to develop.

Got an idea? Got a finished script? Read on!

We have teamed up with TV producers Gina Lyons (Breeders, In My Skin, Dreaming Whilst Black) and Jim Poyser (Cold Feet, Timewasters, The Goes Wrong Show) to search for a brilliant new sitcom idea. Their credits include BAFTA-winning hits, acclaimed sitcoms, entertainment formats and prime-time comedy dramas.

Gina Lyons
Jim Poyser

Whether you've got a traditional, studio-set, gag-packed half-hour show or a darker, linear idea with heavier drama elements, they want to see it all: narrative half-hour comedies that have the potential to be further developed, optioned and worked up to a formal pitch to a production company or broadcaster.

Think your idea has what it takes to be TV's next big thing? Submit an example script (ideally mid-series, not a set-up/pilot... although a pilot script is fine if that is your only script) and three simple paragraphs (no more than five sentences each) introducing you and your format:

  • What is your show?
  • Who are you and why are you telling this story?
  • Who would the show's audience be?

Every single entry will be assessed by Jim and Gina, with at least ten of the best receiving their professional feedback. Ultimately, they're looking for the very best of the best to explore further development with.

This exciting opportunity offers a real chance to work with very experienced TV producers on your show, aiming to have it optioned by a production company and potentially commissioned for broadcast.

The deadline to enter is 23:59 BST on Monday 2nd May 2022 (i.e. you have until the end of Bank Holiday Monday).

Rules and terms of entry

  1. This opportunity is open until 23:59 BST on Monday 2nd May 2022.
  2. All entrants must be active BCG Pro members to enter this opportunity.
  3. By entering this opportunity, entrants are confirming they agree to all terms and conditions in full.
  4. Each BCG Pro member may submit ONE (1) entry; this can be as an individual or on behalf of a parternship/team.
  5. Scripts may be submitted in Adobe PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) formats only. The BCG Pro team can offer advice on saving a file in one of these formats if help is required, within reasonable working hours.
  6. The Promoters (BCG Pro [British Comedy Guide] and the Producers [Gina Lyons and Jim Poyser]) are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected submissions, which will be disqualified.
  7. No fewer than ten (10) entries will be identified by the Producers as particularly promising, and will receive detailed feedback on their entry.
  8. The Producers will aim to identify at least one (1) entry or entrant showing potential for further development, but are under no obligation to do so should no entries be deemed of high enough quality.
  9. No guarantee of script option, commission, or eventual production is made.
  10. British Comedy Guide reserves the right to alter the terms of this contest and/or the duration of any entry window at its discretion.
  11. The entrant hereby warrants and represents that they are the present, exclusive and sole owner of all right, title and interest in relation to their submission and has the unconditional power and right to present the submission to the Promoters. This includes that the submission has not been produced, sold or optioned to any third party; and the submission shall not infringe any law or regulation or third party right, including (but not limited to) the law of copyright, defamation or trademarks. Entrants shall indemnify and hold the Promoters harmless from and against all damages and liabilities suffered or incurred in connection with, resulting from or arising out of a breach by the entrant of these terms and conditions.
  12. By entering this opportunity, entrants acknowledge and agree that the Producers may already be involved in any number of projects bearing similarity to ideas that may be reflected in entries to this contest. The Promoters cannot undertake to compensate entrants if material similar to that submitted, received coincidentally from another source, is subsequently commissioned or produced.
  13. The writers selected for feedback or further development shall not discuss any information concerning the Promoters or the opportunity or their participation in it, with any other person or company, whether by means of social media postings or otherwise, at any time without the prior written consent of the Promoters.
  14. Any entrants selected by the Producers for further development are under no obligation to accept the Producers' offer and may withdraw at any point, subject to signing potential further contracts after the competition has closed.
  15. The Promoters' decision shall be final in all matters.
  16. All entries are covered by British Comedy Guide's privacy policies. By entering this contest you are granting permission for British Comedy Guide to share your contact details and entry with the Producers.