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Episode 62 - Back To Basics

'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

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

Episode 60 - Pete Sinclair

Jack Dee's co-writer Pete Sinclair joins us to talk about Bad Move, Lead Balloon, writing gags and a fascinating discussion about why audience sitcom is so hard to make.

Duration: 00:58:37

Episode 59 - Notes on Notes

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:

Duration: 00:26:52

Episode 58 - Ben Elton, Newsjack, Patreon and more

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.

Duration: 00:46:38

Episode 57 - In Praise Of Ever Decreasing Circles

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.

Duration: 00:43:11

Episode 56 - Jason Hazeley

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.

Duration: 00:44:49

Episode 55 - Fringe Special

James, Dave and special guest Abigail Burdess discuss the Edinburgh Fringe, how to do it and how to survive it. Warning: this recording also features a Belgian mime artist.

Duration: 00:28:17

Episode 54 - Ask Us Anything

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.

Duration: 00:49:30

Episode 53 - Barry Cryer (Part 2)

More tales from the comedy coalface with legend Barry Cryer including the first gay sitcom that never was, amazing double act Cleese & Dawson, and the first joke Barry sold to telly (it's a cracker).

Duration: 00:38:53

Episode 52 - Barry Cryer - Sitcom Writer (Part 1)

Yes you read that right, James and Dave talk to comedy legend Barry Cryer about his work with Graham Chapman, and how David Frost shaped light entertainment.

Duration: 00:30:36

Episode 51 - Working With Producers

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).

Duration: 00:47:09

Episode 50 - Writers' Guild of Great Britain: Situation Critical?

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.

Duration: 00:47:42

Episode 49 - Tom Edge

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.

Duration: 00:39:36

Episode 48 - Paul Kerensa

Writer/comedian/broadcaster Paul Kerensa (Miranda, Not Going Out and yes, Top Gear) talks to James about writing, performing, podcasting... and luck.

Duration: 00:31:57

Episode 47 - Eric Chappell (Part 2)

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?'

Duration: 00:49:28

Episode 46 - Eric Chappell (Part 1)

The Great Rigsby, Pt 1. James in lively and fascinating conversation with the great Eric Chappell, creator of Rising Damp, Only When I Laugh, Duty Free and many more great ITV sitcom hits.

Duration: 00:43:10

Episode 45 - Sketches

Dave and James talk about sketches, as well as books and podcasts on writing. And another First Ten Pages is put under the spotlight.

Duration: 00:36:54

Episode 44 - Challenges and Questions

James and Dave return with two more ten page challenges, and tackle your questions - including story arcs, meeting producers, and the exact mathematical answer to 'how many plots per episode?'.

Duration: 00:42:48

Episode 43 - John Lloyd (Part 2)

Dave and James conclude their discussion with comedy legend John Lloyd talking about Blackadder and, yes, another massive show that John Lloyd had a hand in, To The Manor Born.

Duration: 00:52:45

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