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Radio 4 Opens Its Doors For Budding Writers: 'The Show What You Wrote'

Radio 4 Opens Its Doors For Budding Writers: ‘The Show What You Wrote’
Howard Gorman

With the success of Radio 4 Extra’s flagship topical comedy programme ‘Newsjack‘ there’s a new comedy writing showcase on the block. Going by the name of ‘The Show What You Wrote’ the aspirations behind this new project is to serve as a showcase for new comedy writing providing a chance for everyone and anyone to get involved in creating a programme unlike any other sketch show before it.

Whilst ‘Newsjack’ focuses on current affairs, ‘The Show That You Wrote’ caters for lovers of any genre as each show will revolve around a different genre:

  1. Thriller / suspense
  2. Kitchen sink drama
  3. Science fiction & horror
  4. Documentary
  5. Historical / costume drama

With ‘Newsjack’, now into its eighth series, it has proudly served as a springboard for numerous writers who have successfully gone on to further their endeavours. One such writer is Eddie Robson whos sitcom Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully has been picked up for an entire series starring Katherine Parkinson and Julian Rhind-Tutt scheduled to air on Radio 2 in March.

In a similar fashion to Newsjack, all material used for The Show What You Wrote will be obtained by a fully open public submission process with airing episodes recorded in front of a live audience in Manchester in May. The recorded sessions will then be broadcast on Radio 4 in June. Tickets to attend the live recordings will be available via the BBC tickets website so keep your eyes peeled for those.

Although the original deadline for sketch submission was the 4th of March, everyone has no excuse as this date has now been extended until the 29th of March. As this is a new project, so as to give everyone an idea of what the producers are after, BBC Radio Comedy contract writer Jack Bernhardt has provided us with an example of a kitchen sink drama sketch together with a few words of wisdom for writing effective scripts.

You can read Bernhardt’s advice here where the aforementioned script can also be downloaded.

All guidelines for submitting sketches can be found here.

Once you’ve read the guidelines inside-out and backwards, all submissions must be sent to swyw@bbc.co.uk.

Happy writing…

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