BBC Radio 4 Extra – DMs Are Open – taking submissions

DMs Are Open is back! The radio sketch show written by YOU – the listeners! Your hosts Athena Kugblenu and Ali Official return for a new series of brilliant sketch comedy written by the public.

For this series, DMs Are Open is going NON-TOPICAL. This means that they’re not looking for sketches based around news stories of the week. Instead, they’ll be issuing a different Episode Theme each week – and they want your sketches, one-liners and voice notes to fit into that theme. So don’t worry about starting from a recent news story, as long as the material is on theme, it’s got a chance of getting on the show.

And what are the themes? You’re going to have to wait – new themes will be released week by week and you’ll be able to find these on the submissions page and tweeted out from the @DMsAreOpenBBC Twitter. As soon as submissions close for one writing week, the theme for the next will be available.

Join the team for a writing webinar on Tuesday 18th April at 6pm where they’ll be unveiling the first theme and opening submissions.

Register for a place here

For more information and how and what to send, visit the Submit Your Ideas website


Submissions open after the webinar on Tuesday 18th April from 7pm.

Sketches: Mondays at Midday from 24th April 2023

One-Liners and voicenotes: Tuesdays at Midday from 25th April 2023

Then at the same times each week, for 7 weeks.

Submissions after these times or not meeting the above guidelines will NOT be read.

For series 2, DMs are Open is moving to Fridays at 10.30pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and then the show will be available for catch up on BBC Sounds.

Get top tips for your DMs are Open submissions from the show’s presenter, Athena Kugblenu

Source: BBC Writers Room

2 thoughts on “BBC Radio 4 Extra – DMs Are Open – taking submissions”

    1. Kimberley Andrews

      Hi Claudette, it’s social media talk for Direct Message – I think it’s just implying they are taking submissions!

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