The CTBF Launches Comedy Writing Programme

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK charity for people working behind the scenes in cinema, film and television, has today announced the launch of the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO London Comedy Film Festival.

The programme will select four emerging writers, each of whom will receive £10,000 and participate in a personalised six-month programme of industry support as they develop a comedy feature screenplay or six-part comedy series for television. The grant is given in honour of Betty Box and Peter Rogers, the legendary producers of the Doctor and Carry On series, and aims to discover original, exciting voices by offering a unique launching pad to those passionate writers who are in need of financial and industry support, and who may not otherwise have a chance to develop their craft and careers.

The selected participants will have their work developed by Big Talk Productions, one of the UK’s leading film and television production companies, and will receive comprehensive professional support from the CTBF and LOCO. The programme will culminate in a live, fully-cast table read to an industry audience at the 6th LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, May 2017, following which the four writers will be poised to embark on the next stage of their writing careers. 

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