The Sitcom Trials presents Great Sci Fi Sitcoms of Our Times: Hyperdrive
Hyperdrive was a British television science fiction sitcom series, written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley, shown on BBC 2 in 2006 and 07. Set in 2151 and 2152, and starring Sitcom Trials alumnus Miranda Hart, and star of one of the Trials' earliest successes Kevin Eldon, it follows the crew of HMS Camden Lock as they stumble through their heroic mission to protect British interests in a changing galaxy.
And appropriately enough, it's in Camden itself that you'll get the chance to prove how much better a job you could do of creating the great new science fiction sitcom. 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
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
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
Oct 19 - Halloween Sitcom Trials, Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Oct 20 - Halloween Sitcom Trials, Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester
Nov 28 - Sitcom Trials Sci Fi Special, Camden Head, London
Manchester's Lass O'Gowrie named best British pub
A Manchester pub known for its vintage video game machines and upstairs theatre has been named Pub of the Year.The Lass O'Gowrie on Charles Street took the title at the Great British Pub Awards in London.
It was also named Best Live Music and Entertainment Pub at the awards ceremony on Thursday.
Manager Lisa Connor said staff had "worked tirelessly to make the pub a success and this is a wonderful reward for all the hard work".
The annual awards are given by the licensing trade publication, The Publican's Morning Advertiser.
The paper's editor Rob Willock said the pub attracted "customers from all walks of life and it is this that made it the judges' choice".
'Creative resilience' In giving the award, the judges praised Ms Connor and landlord Gareth Kavanagh for "building the pub's reputation as a venue and organising a huge number of events".
The panel said the pub had "responded positively [to] the challenge of losing a large chunk of custom with the departure of BBC Manchester headquarters to Salford".
The judges said they were particularly impressed with the pub's "creative resilience", which has seen it open an upstairs theatre bar for poetry and drama performances and become a base for numerous clubs and organisations, including ones celebrating retro video games and Doctor Who.
Ms Connor said winning the award was "fantastic" and the "future looks very bright indeed".
"We will be putting the award behind the bar for our customers to see," she said.