Galton and Simpson Bursary for Comedy writers

Aimed at writers and writing partnerships, the bursary will award £5,500 to develop a script for broadcast consideration under the guidance of established industry practitioners and BBC Comedy Commissioning.

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson met as teenagers in a TB sanatorium in 1948. They were probably afflicted by boredom and a sense of alienation as well as their illness, because all the other occupants were much older than them. Writing saved them, and together they wrote themselves into good health, going on to become one of the best loved and most enduring writing partnerships in comedy history.

BBC Comedy will shortlist four projects for further consideration. One final award winner will have their script developed for broadcast consideration, with advice and input from leading industry practitioners, and receive a bursary of £5,500.


What you need to submit

  • A sample comedy/sitcom script of 30 pages/30 minutes maximum
  • A series development plan
  • A short one-page biography/statement
  • Writers can submit individually or as part of a writing duo (maximum of two people). Only one entry per person is permitted including any group entries.


5 June 2020

Published on:
29 Apr 2020


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