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The Show What You Wrote – Cut For Time

Back in the past, when England was not the hot wasteland land in is now, I submitted some sketches to a Non topical BBC Radio sketch series, The Show What You Wrote.

The brief was simple, they were going to open the doors to the great uncommissioned. There would be 5 episodes, each around a different theme: Sci-Fi/Horror, Kitchen Sink, Crime/Thriller, Hostorical, Documentary. I submitted 9 sketches across all 5 genres. I also submitted a bunch of one liners for each. (As was requested in the submission brief.)

I submitted all these at the beginning of March, and then promptly forgot all about it. Actually I didn't forget all about it, I just gave up hope as I had heard on the British Comedy Forum that people were already being asked for rewrites. No one had asked me for a rewrite. But on 7th of June I received an email from one of the producers saying that one of my sketches had made it to the script for The Kitchen Sink episode (episode 4). The Sketch was entitled "Our Family History."

Needless to say, that left me chuffed. The record was to take place 2 days later on Sunday 9th June. Because that was the night of my ComedySportz Sunday League debut, I couldn't go. (I also didn't have a ticket.) But I knew someone who did have a ticket, and they were going to let me know how it went.

According to the feedback I got that evening after the record, the sketch went really well. The weekend after, I had a chance to meet up with the friend in person and ask some follow up questions. It turns out that the sketch that I had submitted had been heavily expanded (my original was around 30 seconds) but the one at the record went on for 2 to 3 minutes. While it was cool that my sketch had been included, I was a little disheartened that I didn't have the opportunity to tart up my own sketch. But whoever did rewrite it, did a good enough job to get it recorded, so I was hopeful that I'd get a credit and get paid for it.

So I waited to hear from them about the fate of the sketch.

And waited some more, until Monday 15th July when I checked the show website to see if they had posted the credit list of the episode. They had. My name wasn't on it.

A couple of days later, on the Wednesday (17th of July), I had official word from one of the producers that my sketch hadn't made the final edit. The website credits weren't a misprint after all.

I can't say I'm not disappointed that I didn't get my 5th BBC Radio credit last week.

I settled back and listened to the show on Thursday 18th July, and I quite enjoyed it. I would have loved to hear my name in the end credits, but there's always next series.

I should probably write some more sketches.

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