BCG Pro Newsletter

Friday 6th May 2022

"Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door." - Coco Chanel

If you ever submitted to Newsjack, our first item this week is a must-read.

Radio 4 announces DMs Are Open, a show you can write for

Radio 4 announces DMs Are Open, a show you can write for

Radio 4 is to launch DMs Are Open later this month, a series that aspiring comedy writers and performers can contribute to.

Writing Awards

BCG Pro Talent Awards: Writing

Our 2022 Talent Awards competition for writing is now open. To enter, you need to write two sketches, including one about a brush with authority. Intrigued? Click through for more.

Doing It Yourself

Doing It Yourself Paywall

Here are some important things to consider when it comes to solo comedy creation.

BBC Comedy Festival 2022 in Newcastle - how to book

BBC Comedy Festival 2022 in Newcastle - how to book

Booking is now open for the BBC Comedy Festival in Newcastle, with the two key days being this Thursday and Friday, 12th and 13th May (admittedly it's not much notice for most). If you are attending, do email us back to let us know (just hit reply), as we're organising a social meet-up on Thursday evening and will send you more details.


Co-writing Paywall

Embarking on a new writing partnership? Wondering about how group dynamics work? Have a read of our latest advice-based article.

Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

Fergus Craig, who created the recent BBC sitcom pilot Martin Fishback, is the guest on the latest Sitcom Geeks podcast.


Writing Your TV Comedy Script

Writing Your TV Comedy Script - an online course run by Chris Head - starts next Wednesday and runs for five weeks from 7pm to 9pm. On this course you'll produce a 30 minute script as Chris takes you through a structured approach to writing, and together you'll analyse the opening episodes of a range of different shows in a variety of styles to uncover all the insights you'll need to complete your own masterpiece. Find out more

More features

The Secret Reviewer #38: The Heat is On

The Secret Reviewer #38: The Heat is On Paywall

This month's Secret Reviewer article is somewhat of a hard read: they discuss how the rising cost of living is starting to really bite the stand-up circuit.

My Comedy Career: Yiannis Vassilakis

My Comedy Career: Yiannis Vassilakis Paywall

Over the last year, actor, writer and producer Yiannis Vassilakis has been releasing consistently great online sketches. Here're his answers to our My Comedy Career questions.

What to do in a writers' room

What to do in a writers' room Paywall

You've been invited into a writers' room - on either a panel show or sitcom - as the most junior writer. Here are some hopefully helpful pointers to bear in mind as you work out how to conduct yourself.

Opportunities Hub

Opportunities Hub Paywall

For a summary of things to get involved in, head to Opportunities Hub. Speaking of which, don't forget to get a joke in for our Gag-A-Week competition and, if you've filmed a sketch, submit it to our Video Contest.

Thanks for reading

Keep an eye on - we'll be publishing interviews with the people running DMs Are Open next week.

The BCG Pro Team

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