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Episode 90 - Steven Moffat (Part 1)

10/10/2018
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Part one of a fascinating interview with the great Steven Moffat - one of our most successful writers whose work includes Sherlock, Coupling and a certain Doctor who he discusses with Dave and James.

Duration:00:41:02

Episode 89 - DIY Comedy

9/26/2018
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Dave and James talk about kickstarting - and continuing - your career by making comedy yourself, in all its forms. What are the options?

Duration:00:45:41

Episode 88 - Geoffrey McGivern

9/12/2018
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Dave and James talk to the brilliant character actor from both Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Blackadder, Geoffrey McGivern. He has many years of experience, reading and performing the scripts that writers sweat over and has gathered many many anecdotes along the way.

Duration:00:42:00

Episode 87 - Is Bake Off A Sitcom?

8/29/2018
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Dave and James back from the summer with lots to report including the return of Newsjack, the great audience sitcom revival part 897 and several attempts to answer the impossible question: What is comedy drama?

Duration:00:53:35

Episode 86 - Saskia Schuster

8/15/2018
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Dave and James have a strangely therapeutic conversation with Saskia Schuster, Controller of Comedy at ITV; about how sitcoms get on to ITV and the agony of turning shows down. Apparently, it's painful for the commissioners too!

Duration:00:45:08

Episode 75 - Words For Window

4/4/2018
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Just over a week to go before the BBC Writersroom Comedy window closes - still time (just) to craft your own comedy gold, with the help of James and Dave's last minute checklist.

Duration:00:41:56

Episode 74 - Craft Of Comedy Cometh

3/28/2018
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Steve Doherty talks to James and Dave about Llandudno Craft Of Comedy Festival in June - an amazing line-up, competitions to win and loads of good reasons why you'd be a fool to miss it.

Duration:00:44:54

Episode 73 - Writing Windows and Open Doors

3/14/2018
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Attention new writers! The BBC Comedy Script Window opens on 19 March 2018. Here's tonnes of useful writing tips from the people who'll be reading your scripts - Simon Nelson and Amanda Farley of BBC Writersroom.

Duration:00:58:13

Episode 72 - Toby Davies (Part 2)

3/7/2018
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James and Dave talk to Toby Davies about how one sketch can get you a movie. Seriously. Toby talks us through the multiple drafts needed to get Up All Night and Gun Shy to the big screen.

Duration:00:32:34

Episode 71 - Toby Davies (Part 1)

2/21/2018
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Toby Davies, the prolific comedy writer for kids' TV and now with a movie to his name, talks sketch writing, working with the biggest names in comedy and modestly reveals his legendary contribution to the oeuvre - That Mitchell And Webb Cash Register sketch.

Duration:00:38:27

Episode 70 - Inside Newsjack (Part 2)

2/7/2018
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James and Dave talk to brilliant Newsjack host Angela Barnes about how she approaches writing - and what you can do to improve your chances of getting jokes and sketches on the show. Also, James promises to listen to every episode of the new series.

Duration:00:43:04

Episode 69 - Inside Newsjack (Part 1)

1/31/2018
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How do you get material on to the BBC's main show for new writers? Dave and James talk to producer Adnan Ahmed and writers Laura Major and Mike Shephard about how to ensure your sketches have maximum impact. And find out what Eddie Izzard's beret thief looked like. Next week: Newsjack host Angela Barnes.

Duration:00:51:50

Episode 68 - How Many Is Too Many?

1/24/2018
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Bonus episode! James and Dave with updated writing tips for 2018, plus answers to your questions about working with a partner and how many episodes is the right number.

Duration:00:36:54

Episode 67 - Writers' Guild Comedy Awards

1/17/2018
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Dave and James are joined by writers Shai Hussain, Abigail Burdess and Neil Forsyth (writer of the brilliant Eric, Ernie And Me on BBC4 over Christmas) to discuss the winners of this year's Writers' Guild Comedy Awards. Also: is it still right to call Phil Wang young?

Duration:00:34:38

Episode 66 - Graham Linehan (Part 2)

1/3/2018
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The Joy Of Seinfeld. Dave, James and Graham Linehan all love this classic American sitcom, and in this episode they share that love with you.

Duration:00:35:04

Episode 65 - Graham Linehan (Part 1)

12/20/2017
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The king of audience sitcom talks Ted tunes, radiator tests, the Birth of Bono and plenty more, including EXCLUSIVELY about the new version of The IT Crowd for the US, and how he's hoping it will be third time lucky.

Duration:00:48:47

Episode 64 - The Nine Types Of Funny

12/6/2017
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What do you think YOU are? James and Dave talk to Pauline McGowan, Virginia Gale and Kate Benson from research company (http://www.the-nursery.net/) The Nursery about the Nine Types of Comedy they found in their research (which involved making people watch Mrs. Brown's Boys) - and how most of us aren't as clever as we think we are.

Duration:00:45:34

Episode 63 - What Sort Of Writer Are You?

11/22/2017
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James and Dave are joined by ace radio writer and performer Carrie Quinlan to talk about writing for radio, the no-holds barred secrets about what it's like to work with John Finnemore, and more cricket than you might expect from a podcast about comedy.

Duration:00:43:29

Episode 62 - Back To Basics

11/8/2017
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'When you build a house you don't start with the roof'. Dave and James talk about how to structure your sitcom, make your characters clearer and - you'll like this - how to add funnier jokes. Don't say we don't spoil you.

Duration:00:34:49

Episode 61 - Breaking In

10/26/2017
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As the Writers' Guild launch a new award for best online show, James and Dave update their views about breaking in to comedy via the internet. Plus a short tribute to Sean Hughes.

Duration:00:40:49