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Episode 56 - Jason Hazeley

8/24/2017
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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

8/12/2017
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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

8/3/2017
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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/

Duration: 00:49:30


Episode 53 - Barry Cryer (Part 2)

7/20/2017
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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)

7/6/2017
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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

6/22/2017
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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?

6/8/2017
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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

5/25/2017
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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

5/11/2017
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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)

4/27/2017
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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)

4/13/2017
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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

3/16/2017
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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

3/16/2017
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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)

3/2/2017
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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


Episode 42 - John Lloyd

2/16/2017
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James and Dave celebrate Episode 42 by discussing Life, the Universe and Everything with comedy legend and original Hitchhiker's Guide co-writer John Lloyd. A funny and touching tour of Douglas Adams's brain - plus 40 years of John's great creation, The News Quiz.

Duration: 00:45:48


Episode 40 - Radio Highlights of 2016

1/19/2017
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James and Dave, joined by Abigail Burdess and Kay Stonham, discuss the shows nominated for the Writers' Guild Best Radio Comedy Award - Guilt Trip, The Pin and John Finnemore's Double Acts. Plus more great advice about writing for the new series of Newsjack, and you get to find out what a 'bottle episode' is.

Duration: 00:40:02


Episode 39 - Best TV Sitcoms of 2016

1/5/2017
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James Cary and Dave Cohen are joined by Abigail Burdess and Kay Stonham to talk about the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards, particularly the shows nominated for Best TV Sitcom (People Just Do Nothing, Plebs, Fleabag). They also talk about sitcom trends, story arcs and what even qualifies as a sitcom these days.

Duration: 00:42:00


Episode 38 - Series Arcs & Fourth Walls

12/15/2016
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Dave and James talk about the pitfalls of story arcs, fixing characters and breaking fourth walls.

Duration: 00:27:47


Episode 34 - Hell No! That's My Show

10/20/2016
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Dave and James look at three First Ten Page pages, and answer some listener questions, including what happens when you switch on the TV and realise someone has got to your sitcom idea first. Also featuring guinea pigs.

Duration: 00:42:29


Episode 33 - Idiots

10/6/2016
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We all love Dougal, Trigger and Bubble. There is a fine traditional of idiocy in sitcoms. James and Dave talk about the joys and challenges of idiots - and how they can be surprisingly useful.

Duration: 00:34:24

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