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Advice and Insight

In our Advice and Insight section we've gathered together some pages which we hope you'll find interesting and useful. Below you'll find advice, tips and information on how to go about writing a top comedy and also some fascinating insights and opinions relating to the world of comedy writing and production.

Keep checking back (or subscribe to our newsletter for alerts) as we aim to add at least one new Industry Insight a month.

Advice & Tips
BBC Radio 4 Commissioning
An exclusive interview with BBC Radio 4 Comedy Commissioner Caroline Raphael. The article explains more about the selection process and how to get your script noticed.
Dave Cohen Sketch Writing Writing Good Sketches
Dave Cohen looks at what makes a good sketch - and provides advice on how to make suitable sketches for BBC Radio comedies.
Dave Cohen on Comedy Writing Dave Cohen - Making A Living
Top comedy writer and stand-up Dave Cohen tells us about his course and answers frequently asked questions like whether you need an agent and whether you make a living as a comedy writer.
Sitcom Writing - Step by Step Sitcom Writing: Step-By-Step
We walk through all the stages involved in creating a good sitcom, offering advice along the way.
Frequently Asked Questions Sitcom Writing Questions
Sitcom consultant Marc Blake answers some of your common comedy writing related questions.
Why Audiences Laugh Sitcom: Why Audiences Laugh
An in-depth look at the elements within situation comedies which make audiences laugh. Includes advice on how to construct good character relationships.
Writing for Overseas Markets Writing For Overseas Markets
Jenny Roche looks at the writing opportunities in overseas markets and offers advice on what to do and not do.
Tilt - New BBC Radio Show Tilt - A New BBC Radio Show
BBC Radio 7 launched a new topical sketch show in early 2008 - they were looking for submissions.

Industry Insight & Opinion
Confessions of a comedy teacher Confessions Of A Comedy Teacher
Dave Cohen asks whether comedy can be taught, and talks about how he got into teaching the subject.
Have I Got News For You Writing "Have I Got News For You"
An exclusive interview with the writing team behind HIGNFY, Britain's most popular TV panel show.
Writing Other People Writing "Other People"
Toby Whithouse, one of Britain's top writers who has worked on series like Dr Who, talks to us about writing Comedy Showcase sitcom Other People.
Writing Not Going Out What does a Script Editor do?
Script Editor Robert Leedham explains what his job involves and gives tips to those currently trying to write a sitcom.
Green Wing Green Wing Writers' Interview
The team behind the C4 hospital comedy talk about writing the series. It provides a fascinating insight into the relatively new concept of team-writing a British comedy.
Writing Not Going Out Writing "Not Going Out"
Andrew Collins, the co-writer of Not Going Out gives a fascinating insight into just how much work goes into plotting and writing a hit sitcom.
The BBC and classic comedies - is it all in the past? The BBC and classic comedies - is it all in the past?
Is the demise of in-house production at the BBC and the closure of their open-door radio shows responsible for the corporation's failing comedy output?
Michael Hines interview Michael Hines on Producing and Directing
The producer and director of the hit BBC sitcom 'Still Game' talks about his job and what his profession requires in a script.
Sitcom Diary Andrew Collins' Sitcom Diary
The co-writer of the BBC sitcom 'Grass' has provided us with diary extracts which show just how much work and time goes into creating a sitcom.
Adventures of an Aspiring Sitcom Writer Adventures of an Aspiring Sitcom Writer
An article by a new sitcom writer which outlines his experiences so far and in which he offers some advice and tips.
Male / Female Comedy Male / Female Comedy
Jenny Roche offers her thoughts and opinions on the male / female comedy divide and how writers can overcome this.

If you have any comedy writing related questions please send them in and we'll ask an industry figure to answer them for you!