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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 85 - Jonathan Ames

8/1/2018
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James talks down the line to top US comedy writer and novelist Jonathan Ames about the hilarious HBO series Bored To Death, being championed by David Letterman and... Are You Being Served?? Yep.

Duration:00:51:30

Episode 84 - Hayley McKenzie

7/18/2018
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'My job isn't to tell the writer how to be better, my job is to help them figure out what they want to write.' Plenty of excellent advice for ALL writers from top script consultant Hayley McKenzie of Script Angel.

Duration:00:47:43

Episode 83 - Lucien Young

7/4/2018
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An interview with comedy writer, Lucien Young (Siblings, Murder in Successville, Alice in Brexitland) about all things comedic, including the spec Frasier Script he wrote aged 11. Back his Shakespearean Sonnets book here: unbound.com/books/sonnets/

Duration:00:53:53

Episode 82 - Laurence Howarth

6/20/2018
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Dave and James chat to comedy writer, and performer, Laurence Howarth. He talks about writing the controversial Tracey Ullman Corbyn sketches, a sitcom about arms dealers, and how Dead Ringers feels very different from how it used to when politics was boring and you could still just about trust a bank.

Duration:00:45:22

Episode 81 - Dave Cohen Craft of Comedy Keynote Address

6/18/2018
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Dave Cohen flies the flag for studio sitcoms at the Craft of Comedy 2018 in Llandudno. He also invents a new word that might make you feel ill. Introduced by Steve Doherty.

Duration:00:26:27

Episode 80 - Jack Docherty

6/13/2018
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A fascinating hour spent in the company of the multi-talented writer-performer-producer and all round good guy who was one of the main creators behind Mr Don And Mr George, The Creatives and the legendary Stoneybridge Town Council.

Duration:01:02:12

Episode 79 - Paul Merton (Part 2)

5/30/2018
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Dave and James discuss the magic of Tony Hancock and Steptoe And Son with Paul Merton, who talks about his great friendship with the brilliant creators of both those shows, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Duration:00:45:28

Episode 78 - Paul Merton (Part 1)

5/16/2018
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Dave and James talk to Paul Merton - one of Britain's comedy superstars - about silent movies, class, and his phenomenal 30 years at the top of the profession.

Duration:00:28:59

Episode 77 - John Finnemore (Part 2)

5/3/2018
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We're back with more John Finnemore talking about his Souvenir Programme, Mummo in Cabin Pressure and basking sharks. Recorded at the Bill Murray in Angel, Islington.

Duration:00:27:38

Episode 76 - John Finnemore (Part 1)

4/19/2018
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James and Dave talk to John Finnemore about Double Acts, Cabin Pressure and the Souvenir Programme at a live event and Patreon subscriber meet-up at the Bill Murray in Angel Islington.

Duration:00:27:22

Episode 75 - Words For Window

4/5/2018
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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

3/29/2018
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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

3/15/2018
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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)

3/8/2018
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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)

2/22/2018
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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)

2/8/2018
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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)

2/1/2018
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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 67 - Writers' Guild Comedy Awards

1/18/2018
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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)

1/4/2018
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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