A very Merry Christmas to everyone who's been involved in, or come to see, The Sitcom Trials over the years. 2018's been our quietest year in a long time, but perhaps we can console ourselves with the Trials' rather tenuous link to Christmas adverts. Has anyone else spotted it?
That's right, Uncle Awesome, the central character in this year's Paypal Christmas Adverts - which I, for one, have been unable to escape online this month - is played by one of the winners of 2009's 10th Anniversary Sitcom Trials, Sam Pamphilon.
Sam Pamphilon and Steve McNeil won the 10th Anniversary Sitcom Trials, a season of which ran at the Leicester Square Theatre from October to December 2009, with their sitcom End To End. You can see it in this clip from Heat 3, judged by Iain Morris and Nev Fountain.
The Sitcom Trials' 20th anniversary is coming up in 2019 and, at the moment, it looks like we have no plans to revive or commemorate it. If anyone out there would like to make that happen, do please get in touch. (You'll find me, Kev F, on Facebook, Twitter, and email)
A Happy New Year when it comes everyone.
Kev F Sutherland
Creator and producer
The Sitcom Trials 1999 - ?
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