'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.
Dave and James with more notes on notes: If you think getting notes is bad, try giving them. Plus another 10 page challenge. If you enjoy this podcast, why not become a Patreon? Details here: https://www.patreon.com/SitcomGeeks
A special early edition of the show to give you time to catch up with Ben Elton's sitcom lecture on iPlayer, which Dave and James discuss at length. Plus Newsjack updates, comedy writer Susan Nickson seeks advice, exciting news about Patreon - and proof that Sitcom Geeks is good for you.
Was this the greatest audience sitcom ever? James and Dave are joined by Ever Decreasing Circles expert Jason Hazeley to discuss the genius of Esmonde & Larbey. They're best known for The Good Life but this lesser known show is arguably their greatest work.
Dave and James talk to the co-writer of those Ladybird books, writer for Charlie Brooker, Philomena Cunk and Russ Abbot - Jason Hazeley. Oh, and he's the occasional keyboard player for Portishead. Course he is. He explains how he got started and has a theory that comedy is just music.
Dave and James' first foray into Facebook Live answering your sitcom-related questions is now a podcast, plus some thoughts on the recently announced BBC pilots. To watch it and see their pallid writerly faces, check out the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Sitcom-Geeks-103111846703601/
Fascinating discussion with Lovesick writer Tom Edge, who chats with Dave and James about finding the best producers for your work (can be done), working for free (shouldn't be done) and coping with failure and rejection (yes, happens to everyone).
A special event organised by the Writers' Guild to discuss the future of sitcom, with legendary sitcom writers Marks and Gran and BBC Radio Comedy Executive Julia McKenzie. Hosted by our very own sitcom geek James Cary.
Dave and James prevent Tom Edge from getting any useful work done by turning up to his house and asking him questions about how he created and wrote Scrotal Recall/Lovesick and bunch of other things besides.
Part two of James's fascinating interview with Eric Chappell: More great insights into Only When I Laugh, Home To Roost and more - and the answer to the question 'will there ever be a Rising Damp re-make?'