BBC Cymru Wales launches scheme to find the next generation of comedy writers.
“Wales has funny bones – we’re a nation of comedy greats such as Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Rhod Gilbert, to name but a few. Now BBC Wales is looking for the next generation of comedy drama and sitcom writers. We’re looking for a new and fresh look at the lives and characters of contemporary Wales and exciting and inventive voices that reflect the diversity of this country.” – Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning for BBC Wales
The beeb in Wales is launching a brand-new initiative to find up to three new comedy programmes for BBC One Wales and BBC iPlayer. Find Me Funny is a new comedy pilot initiative aimed at writers living or working full time in Wales, or those writers who can represent Welsh culture with authenticity, with the aim of commissioning and broadcasting the sit-coms or comedy drama pilots in 2018 and 2019. The pilot that makes the biggest impact – and gets the most laughs – will go on to be commissioned as a series.
Budding and established writers have two months to complete their pilots, which should be at least 30 minutes long. The deadline for submissions, which should be sent via the BBC Writersroom website, is the 15th of January 2018.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for us to unearth and support the next wave of Welsh comedy talent in a very practical and focused way. Gavin & Stacey was a smash hit BBC sitcom filmed in Wales, with prominent Welsh portrayal at its heart, that audiences continue to love – we’d like to build on that by giving a leg up to newer comedy writers and performers who are looking for their break.” – Controller, BBC Comedy, Shane Allen