The line-up for BBC Comedy and BBC North’s 2017 Salford Sitcom Showcase

Salford Sitcom Showcase
BBC Comedy Commissioning and BBC North are running their Salford Sitcom Showcase again this year on Thursday 27 July. Comedian and broadcaster Ted Robbins will host the event, spotlighting new comedies in development. There will be a range of events on the programme, from a live staged reading of a new project in development starring Sian Gibson (Car Share) to a screening of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s ‘new’ show, Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out, to a chat with TV’s Philomena Cunk, Diane Morgan.

This year BBC North, BBC Comedy Commissioning and BBC Writersroom are announcing the introduction of a new bursary for Northern female comedians. Aimed at writers/performers, the Caroline Aherne Bursary for Funny Northern Women will award £5,000 to the successful applicant to enable them to fund future development, alongside the guidance of an experienced BBC commissioning editor. The Bursary will be launched at the Salford Sitcom Showcase and full details on how to apply will be available on the BBC Writersroom website from 27 July.

Details of the shows audiences will be able to see on the day are after the jump.

The Entrepreneuress

Car Share star and co-writer Sian Gibson is The Entrepreneuress in a staged read-through of this new sitcom, currently in development with BBC Comedy.

Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out

A sneak preview of the new show from the most surreal duo in British comedy, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

Q&A with Diane Morgan

From Victoria Wood to Caroline Aherne, the North has a proud history of successful funny women. Continuing that tradition with her series Cunk On… and her role in new BBC Two comedy Motherland is Diane Morgan, who joins us for this special Q&A session on her comedy influences.

Tickets for the evening event are available via

In addition, BBC Writersroom will offer free ticketed daytime events that explore the industry, heralding current successes and sharing opportunities for writing comedy with the BBC. Events and tickets (allocated on a first-come first-served basis) can be accessed via the BBC Writersroom website.