Caroline Aherne Bursary 2018

BBC Comedy Commissioning in partnership with BBC Writersroom and BBC North are delighted to announce the Caroline Aherne Bursary 2018. The inaugural bursary scheme in the memory of the late Caroline Aherne was launched last year at the Salford Sitcom Showcase. Aimed at writer/performers, the bursary will award £5000 to the successful applicant to enable them to fund future development, alongside the guidance of an experienced BBC commissioning editor.

In the spirit of Caroline’s work the BBC are on the lookout for the next generation of character comedians. They want to find, develop and support great comedy talent who have the ability to speak to the whole nation.  They are looking for dynamic characters that radiate a northern authenticity – writer-performers who reflect modern Britain with voices that have not yet been heard; original comedy talent that’s just bursting to get on our screens.

You will receive 

  • A £5,000 bursary from BBC North and BBC Comedy to support development of your work
  • A mentorship with a BBC Comedy commissioning editor  to develop a comedy script
  • Support and access to comedy training sessions with BBC Writersroom.
  • You’ll get to perform at the Salford Sitcom Showcase 2019!


10am on Monday 5th November 2018


What to submit

You will need to submit a link to filmed content of either 1 minute of one comedy character; or 2 minutes of multiple characters, along with a brief biography of your work to date.  Your character(s) must have the potential to develop in to or be linked to a sitcom idea.

If you have a great idea for an original sitcom or short form idea then they would also like you to submit a synopsis (2 pages max).  This is however optional.

Published on:
5 Oct 2018


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