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BBC Writersroom & BBC Comedy Commissioning have joined forces to launch Laugh Track, a second nationwide talent search to find new comedy gold.

What are we looking for? The Next Big Studio Sitcom: the hardest thing to get right, but brilliant when it works.

Porridge… Ab Fab… Miranda… Only Fools and Horses… The Kumars at No. 42… what will be the next big comedy & do you know someone who could write it?

We want writers who can tell original stories, invent characters and catchphrases that make us laugh out loud and tease the audience to come back for more. The challenge is to write an original comedy studio script with series potential. And we’re looking for writers that reflect modern Britain – comedy voices that have not yet been heard, and talent that’s just bursting to get out.

If you know any writers who don’t have a broadcast credit, but who may just have the next big sitcom hit –please forward details about Laugh Track to them now.

Full details can be found here and any questions or queries can be sent to

We’re delighted our panel of judges will include the one and only Dawn French, along with Cheryl Taylor (Controller, Comedy Commissioning) and Kate Rowland (Creative Director, New Writing, BBC).

Entrants could be in line not just for a masterclass on how to write studio sitcom, but also an intensive week away developing their idea hand-in-hand with BBC comedy producers and established comedy writing talent.

Successful candidates may get the chance to have their work performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at our Sitcom Showcase at the Studio in MediaCity, Salford.

**Laugh Track is open for entries from 1 March 2012, and the deadline is 9am, Wednesday 21st March 2012**


Kate Chapman
Theatre Writing Partnership
Chief Executive and Artistic Director

0115 9474361

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