Friday 19 October 2012

Great Sci Fi Sitcoms: Red Dwarf

The Sitcom Trials presents Great Sci Fi Sitcoms of Our Times: Red Dwarf

From Red Dwarf Smegazine, an Ace Rimmer story written by Kev F Sutherland, creator of The Sitcom Trials

Red Dwarf must be, beyond question, the greatest science fiction sitcom of all time. Having run for 6 consecutive series on BBC2, written by the duo Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who had previously distinguished themselves as lead writers on Spitting Image and already had a number one single as authors of The Chicken Song, it has continued under Doug Naylor and other writers to become the longest running sci fi sitcom on TV, with a tenth series about to appear, 24 years after its first.

I (Kev F of the Sitcom Trials) had the pleasure and privilege of being a writer and artist for the Red Dwarf Smegazine back in the nineties (I drew the soap opera Androids and wrote Ace Rimmer Adventures), for which we were briefed directly by Grant and Naylor who explained many of the details of the show which we had never previously noticed, for example there are no aliens in Red Dwarf, everything in the show originating from Earth.

So, the big question is, could you create the next Red Dwarf? Here's your chance to find out.

On Weds Nov 28th The Sitcom Trials presents a Sci Fi Special at the Camden Head in London, and you are invited to submit a script now.

As always scripts are invited to the Sitcom Trials format of a 10 minute opening act ending in a cliffhanger with a short payoff scene. We then perform the sitcoms up to the cliffhanger, the audience votes for their favourite and only sees the ending of the winner.

With this being a Science Fiction Special, we will be taking advantage of our "radio style" presentation, encouraging writers to tailor their sitcom entries for radio production. This enables you to include any special effect you can imagine, as long as they can be incorporated into the dialogue or very simple sound effects.

Writers are invited to upload their scripts to the SitsVac Files, where you will also find the guidelines regarding style, cast numbers etc. The deadline for uploading scripts is midnight Sat Nov 4th.

These scripts will then be voted on online by anyone who wishes to participate. The deadline for voting is Sat Nov 17th. The London team will then choose two or three of the most popular scripts to perform as part of the show, the other items in the show being created in house.

So if you want to have your sci-fi sitcom tested in front of a live paying audience, get on board now and enter The Sitcom Trials. Any questions, please ask at the Sits Vac Forum, or the British Comedy Guide Forum, or the Sitcom Trials Facebook page.

Kev F Sutherland
The Sitcom Trials

Nov 28 - Sitcom Trials Sci Fi Special, Camden Head, London

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