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Dear Auntie BBC: Comedy Crisis

Submitted by on May 5, 2012 – 9:44 am

BBC Comedy Crisis

Comedy Writers Galore


Dear Auntie BBC or Cheryl Taylor (whoever is nearer),

I, like you, have a comedy crisis. You see. I write comedy and you need comedy but we never get it together. I send in scripts, you reject them (quite rightly). I enter competitions; I get nowhere (quite rightly)*.


There was a golden time in BBC comedy (even without some handy ‘rose-tinted glasses’). A time before time, before OFAH, before focus groups There was a time when the BBC took risks, nurtured writers, had visionaries, ie people that listened at meetings but made decisions for themselves.

Your Taste is Not Mine

It never is.  OK sometimes it is, ie the wonderful Mrs Brown’s Boys. What happened BBC?

A 10 Point BBC Comedy Resurrection Plan:-

  1. Take some risks.
  2. Get some fresh blood.
  3. Nurture the likes of Ruth Jones.
  4. Fight back.
  5. Take another risk and ditch ‘Corporation-speak/actions-don’t-rock-the-BBC-Boat.’
  6. Nurture Tom Hollander (he’s going to be a huge comedy star)
  7. Take another risk and look HARDER at the scripts you get.
  8. Say “No” to convention.
  9. I’ve an online idea you might love (already ignored by Hat Trick)
  10. Say hello to a new way of getting comedy. It’s the internet.





Thank you to Adam Sherwin for his piece, No laughing matter: BBC faces comedy crisis as rivals lure talent with big budgets,  in the IoS.

* Quite rightly [I’m a liar]

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