I saw this come up in my Twitter Feed;-
We are making a pilot for a new satire show for BBC Two called Unspun. It will be a mix of political guests, jokes and special features. We’re looking for people to join us making the show; creating content, writing material and coming up with ideas for show features. If that sounds like the kind of thing you’re into then we’d like to hear from you. If you are a writer or writer/performer then we’d like you to get involved. There are opportunities for both writers and performers on the show. If you’d like to be considered then please send us the following two things: 1. A side of A4 topical writing which gives us a flavour of your writing style, personality, interest in politics and popular culture.
This is completely open to your interpretation so long as it’s topical, we don’t mind what form you use. We are looking for both strong humour and an understanding of how to structure your bits so please do make whatever you do have shape. 2. Two ideas that you think would fit well in this satire based show.
These would be a self-contained section that would occur in every episode across a series. The best versions of these are original and most importantly, simple. In tone these ideas can be as ‘straight’ or as silly as you like. It’s up to you.
We are not interested in previous work, experience, or any of that: These are blind submissions We are looking for the people who best fit this show so it’s important we get a feel for your style. Don’t try to second-guess what tone this show will be; make things in your voice. Please send your submissions to [email address removed] by the closing date of January 31, 2016.
Please write – UNSPUN – OPEN SUBMISSION ENTRY – in the subject line of the email. For the avoidance of doubt, submission will not alter or effect your ownership of the rights in your own work in any way.
Political/Topical humour? Thats my bag! I decided to throw something together for it. I had some stuff from the week’s comedy course homework which I chopped/changed a little. The second part of the request was idea for what they could include in the show.
Its possible that this was just a ‘fishing’ exercise so they can steal ideas and not pay actual writers but I submitted a page of jokes and the two suggestions.
Two Ideas that I think would fit well in this satire based show.
1) “That its all just a little bit of history repeating” – introduced with ‘History Repeating – Shirley Bassey’. This is a comedy news section that focuses on a story that either;
- Wont go away (Alexander Litvinenko)
- Is something we’ve seen before (Gulf War/Corrupt MPs)
- Something we (as a nation) haven’t learnt from. (Fat children exercising less)
2) “Don’t politicians say the funniest things!” – A parody of the voice-over shows with kids/animals/etc doing silly stuff. It could use bad interviews from TV, clips from Question Time or Prime Minister’s Questions. A good excuse to find older clips of MPs saying things that perhaps they shouldn’t have or even just pointing out how they have broken their own promises. Voice Over could be very sarcastic Harry Hill style or more formulaic US TV version with over-the-top sound effects.
The jokes I went with were these;-
Next year the Oxford English Dictionary will update ‘google’ as a verb as follows;-
- To search for a word or phrase on the internet
- To make payment of money/gift by which the receiver will be placated at little/no cost to giver.
As in – It’s my mum’s birthday next week. I have googled her some flowers through Groupon, now I don’t need to worry about her for another year.
Or – Jenny was pissed at me for coming home drunk, luckily I googled some flowers from a lamp-post at the T-junction and all was good.
Perhaps – Google had 10 years of unpaid taxes. They offered George Osborne a ‘google’ in private and now it’s no longer a problem. At lease their legal bills for the agreement have been covered by Jimmy Carr and Gary Barlow who are just happy that they are not the main focus of any UK based, dodgy tax stories in the press.
Not Corrupt Malaysian PM
The Malaysian PM got a gift of nearly £500million from the Saudi royal family. He has been cleared of any corruption but for some reason has paid it all back. If the UK expenses scandal taught us one thing, it is that innocent politicians always pay back legitimate money. But for some reason only if they are found out.
Missing £33m Lottery Ticket
A woman from Ambleside has tried to get The Lottery to pay her the £33million. She said, “Not once have I said I have the winning ticket…. The ticket did have the winning numbers on it. Camelot will do the checks…” That is DEFINITELY the words of a trustworthy person. However her husband said, “I’m hoping and praying she’s the winner. We never divorced so technically I could put a claim in for half.” Essentially what we are looking at is a dress-rehearsal of the Jeremy Kyle show being played out in the media.
400 other people have come forward claiming they had the winning ticket. They have also said they can turn lead into gold, have found the end of a rainbow where a leprechaun has left his pot of gold and only work once a year because they are actually Father Christmas. … I’m joking. They don’t even work once a year.
With people like this maybe winning, I just wished it was another old couple from Scotland, where he is a postman, she works for the council. Neither of them will give up work and their biggest dream is replacing their 15 year old ford focus with a brand new …. ford focus. Scottish people. Their biggest dream is buying a brand new boring car….and their son kicking his addiction to heroin. “Och-Aye We’ll buy you a quad bike, Dougal…you just have to get off the skag. Just get clean, Dougal!”
Britain Leaving the EU
Tony Blair says Scotland will leave the UK if Britain voted to leave the EU. I trust Tony Blair so little, that if he said “Bears shit in a wood”, I’d go straight to a car-park to watch some bears shit.
News Study shows teenagers watch more online video than broadcast TV
Unfortunately half of the research was found to be couldn’t be followed up as when they attempted to access the teenage boys internet history they found it mysteriously empty.
2 Extra Jokes
A grandmother of 13 has been jailed after stuffing £1500 worth of cocaine in her vagina. She was trying to get off her tits but a spokesperson for the gran has said she is now regretting getting cunted.
5 Sperm Whales have washed up on British beaches this week. It may sound like a lot but I doubt the sea will taste any less salty.