BBC Writers Room

What makes a good sitcom character? How important is structure?

The most common problem in sitcom scripts and one top tip.


Written by Andrew Ellard     Directed by Gez Medinger & Robin Schmidt

Produced by Gez Medinger & Cameron Lawther

Five young people wake up dead...which isn’t even their biggest problem.

A character-driven horror-thriller.


Written by Andrew Ellard     Directed by Martin Stirling     P

roduced by Michelle Craig

Winner of the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge, 2012.

Written and made in just two days.

The Story of You: ENCODE and the human genome

Written by Adam Rutherford, Andrew Ellard, Tracy King

Directed by DC Turner  Produced by Tracy King


Andrew joins Tim Clauge and Danny stack for an hour of script writing/editing talk.

Also available on iTunes.


Starring Hils Barker and Tom Price

with Chris Barrie, Hattie Hayridge and Eleanor Wyld, featuring Matthew Crosby

Barry and Linda share a house - and categorically nothing else.

With a friendship that appears to be founded on mutual irritation, the inseparable and idiosyncratic pair spend most of their time trying to avoid chaos at work, at home, with friends, family and romantic partners.

They are rarely successful. The rest of their time is, of course, spent repeatedly explaining that no, they are not a couple.


Eight time-killing instalments from the complete ‘Making Of’ series.

Directed by Andrew Ellard. Obviously.