Introduction to Creating Comedy for TV - SOLD OUT

Following our hugely popular recent TV Comedy course, television development consultants Grand Scheme Media return to the North East to deliver a companion edition – Introduction to Creating Comedy for TV – designed to introduce you to writing comedy for television, radio and online.

Applications are now invited for this two day expert-led course, which runs at BALTIC in Gateshead on Mon 23 and Tues 24 February, and is open to a maximum of 15 participants. The previous edition sold out in barely 1 day, so if you are interested, apply now!

The objective of 'Introduction to Creating Comedy for TV' is to provide both genuine insight and practical advice that we hope will inspire you to get your ideas into production.

Across two days we will cover a wide range of subjects – everything from the basics of programme commissioning to how to market your work to talent, producers or agents. You’ll hear what kinds of programmes channels are looking for and how to make contact with them.

We provide useful tools that you can use when pitching ideas, informed by our experience as commissioning editors. There’s also practical advice on laying out scripts, script durations, plot structure and script editing.

The course will help you improve your writing skills, with reference to great comedy programmes past and present. We will cover situation comedy, comedy drama and formatted comedy entertainment. So, whether you would like to write a sitcom or create a sketch show, this course should be of help. 

Delegates will be required to bring either three short sketches, or a scene from a comedy, or an outline idea for a project for one-to-one discussion with the course leaders.


Together, Mark and Graham of Grand Scheme Media have over forty years of experience in producing, script editing and commissioning comedy for television and radio. They’ve worked across a very wide range of formats and comedy styles for radio, television and online.

They have produced work with some of the biggest names in Comedy, including Reeves & Mortimer, Harry Hill, Rory Bremner, Jack Dee, Steve Coogan, David Walliams, Simon Pegg and many more.

They are Executive Producers of ‘Alan Davies – As Yet Untitled’ for Dave, and helped bring Bob Weide’s ‘Mr. Sloane’ to Sky Atlantic. They also packaged the recent definitive celebration of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais’ ‘Porridge’ for UKTV.


  • "The knowledge and enthusiasm of the course leaders was infectious. Great".
  • "Make it longer!"
  • "The industry insights weren't the same speeches that you hear every time you attend a scriptwriting panel or festival; they were truthful and also aware of the realities writers have to face".
  • "Wonderful. Give it a huge recommendation".
  • "Educational, engaging and enough practical exercises to allow attendees to put into practice lessons learned".
  • "Everything was new and the people were great".


Date: Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 February

Time: Monday - 11.00am - 6.00pm (registration from 10.45am); Tuesday 10.00am - 5.00pm (registration from 10.00am).

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Level 3) | Gateshead Quays | South Shore Road | Gateshead | NE8 3BA. For a map and transport/parking info please click here.



This course is funded by Creative Skillset's Skills Investment Funds and the European Regional Development Fund’s Competitiveness Programme 2007-13.



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