BBC Comedy and the BBC Writersroom have announced their continued commitment to developing talented BAME comedy writers with the Felix Dexter Bursary. A six-month bursary will be awarded to an aspiring comedy writer to develop his or her skills at the BBC.
BBC Comedy Commissioning is the largest comedy department in the UK, responsible for some of the most watched and critically acclaimed programmes in the world. BBC Comedy prides itself on working with the very best in comedy talent, new and established, on and off screen; across radio, online and all four BBC television channels.
The opportunity, offered by BBC Comedy in partnership with the BBC Writersroom, is designed to find a writer with a fresh, unique point of view and the potential to help shape the future of comedy, whether in the BBC or elsewhere in the industry. It aims to make a positive intervention to address an under-representation of BAME professionals in comedy production in broadcasting.
On a practical level, the bursary gives up-and-coming talent the chance to make comedy writing their main focus for six months, while immersed in comedy production. They will hone their skills while gaining experience on a range of BBC comedies across radio, TV and online, on panel shows, shorts, sitcoms or comedy entertainment shows. The programme will offer the writer the support they need to take the next step in their career.
Who can apply: the bursary is open to black, Asian and other ethnic minority writers or writing duos who are 18 or over.
How to submit: applications can be made via the BBC Writersroom Read the full Terms and Conditions of Entry and apply here
Deadline: 30 July 2018 at 5pm
Source: BBC Writersroom