199 episodes

A fortnightly podcast by James Cary (Bluestone 42, Miranda) and Dave Cohen (Not Going Out, Horrible Histories) about the art of sitcom-writing for TV and Radio.

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    • 4.7 • 18 Ratings

A fortnightly podcast by James Cary (Bluestone 42, Miranda) and Dave Cohen (Not Going Out, Horrible Histories) about the art of sitcom-writing for TV and Radio.

    Episode 199 - Sketch Shows, Scotsmen And Sadowitz

    Episode 199 - Sketch Shows, Scotsmen And Sadowitz

    Dave's been in Edinburgh to see the first full on Fringe since 2019. What's changed? What hasn't? And what's all the fuss about Jerry Sadowitz?

    • 42 min
    Episode 198 - What Is Comedy Drama?

    Episode 198 - What Is Comedy Drama?

    The simple answer is "it's what BBC Writersroom are looking for this November." Dave and James return to this tricky question to help you work out your best strategy for entering the competition - with extra helpful advice from top writers who excel at the form.

    Submissions open Wednesday 9 November and close Wednesday 7 December 2022. Details here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/send-a-script/
    Sign up for Dave's fortnight of free emails (15-26 August) "What Is Comedy Drama?" davec@bindman.net

    • 43 min
    Episode 197 - Yes We Cannes with Danny and Tim

    Episode 197 - Yes We Cannes with Danny and Tim

    Dave and James welcome back the kings of DIY moviemaking Danny Stack and Tim Clague. Fresh from their triumphant week at the Cannes Film Festival, the UK Scriptwriters team talk about making your own shows, selling them abroad, and how to make a name for yourself even if you don't know anyone in the business.

    • 53 min
    Episode 196 - Should You Write An Audience Sitcom?

    Episode 196 - Should You Write An Audience Sitcom?

    Commissioners say they love them, they remain hugely popular, nobody's writing them. Surely the answer is obviously yes yes yes! Dave and James think so but be aware of the high risks - and you'll need to think creatively about pitching the idea.

    • 44 min
    Episode 195 - Is There Life After Mars?

    Episode 195 - Is There Life After Mars?

    In Part 2 of the interview, Ashley Pharoah, co-creator of Life On Mars, explains the eight years of development that preceded the hit drama, and how it literally involved bags of money. And entertains us with tales of his other top-rated shows and, ah, Bonekickers.

    • 32 min
    Episode 194 - Is There Life After EastEnders?

    Episode 194 - Is There Life After EastEnders?

    There most certainly was for Ashley Pharoah, who went on to co-create of Life On Mars, one of the best comic drama series of the last 20 years. In Part 1, he talks about breaking into the industry through writing for soaps and making his own stuff, including Where The Heart Is and Around The World In Eighty Days.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

MPabroad ,

Great insight!

I love these guys! Listening to this podcast gets my mind spinning and helps me understand not just sitcoms, but stories in general.

Arconna ,

An Informative Show!

If learning how sitcoms work from the writing and production side is what you look for in a podcast, this show won't disappoint. James and Dave clearly have a passion for the art form, and that shows in every discussion, whether they're talking about the history of a specific show, their own writing, and even the issues that face Sitcoms as our culture changes.

Give this show your earholes. Totally worth it.

Bob Teague ,

Solid information

Sitcom Geeks is a great breakdown of the art of writing sitcoms - primarily, but the comments are well worth investigating no matter what type of writing you do. The only downside is that they only release new episodes every other week.

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