Thursday, October 09, 2008

BBC comedies - from script to screen

On the BBC Writersroom blog, Micheál Jacob explains the process of getting a BBC comedy from script to screen.
Despite all of the stages, and the different kinds of expertise involved, some shows work very well, some work moderately well, and some become car crash television. The audience decides, and the only way really to judge whether or not your show works is to sit at home and watch it go out. And if it doesn't work, it's too late by then.

The excitement of comedy is its imprecision. No one can guarantee a hit, and an identical writer and production team can follow a massive success with a complete turkey.

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