Newsjack Episode 1 – Update – Behind the Scenes!

Newsjack Episode 1 – Behind the Scenes

So you probably read my blog analysing episode one.

Newsjack Series 18 Episode 1 – Analysis

Well I’ve managed to get some ‘behind the scenes’ facts about this episode.

Total Submissions

There were 603 sketches submitted and 773 one liners submitted. Althoguh they haven’t confirmed it, I’d guess it is more like 6 X 773 (4700-ish) one-liners. Personally I think its amazing there are 603 sketches submitted. I find sketches really interesting as I fail so badly at writing stuff! 😀


8 broadcast sketches – 2 from writers room.

My analysis was 9 sketches but one of them was a Kim Jung Un joke split over 2 sections so I will allow it. Two of them were from the ‘writers room’ – I’ll explain more about this later in the blog.

Labour music festival – – 2nd Feb
Update Exams – – 1st Feb
Markle to give speach at wedding – – 30th Jan
Ghost Towers – – 4th Feb
Slang Weather Forecast – – 1st Feb
Kim Yung-un moves military parade  – I can’t find any links to this happening? Anyone got another about it being moved, not just ‘happening’?
Video Refs – – 22nd Jan
Kardashians – As about the baby but really just a call back to KYU.
Product Placement in Corrie – – 30th Jan

So….could you guess which 2 were written by the writers’ room? I can’t. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I guess thats not for me to answer!


24 broadcast one liners and number crunchers *23 from non comm writers/1 from writers room.*

So my analysis of the submissions was correct…at least in count, anyway! 😀 Otherwise, there isn’t much more I can say about it. I am a little surprised that they needed the joke from the writer’s room, especially when there are 4200+ submissions, but who knows. We might have all submitted rubbish! 😀

In House Writers / Writer’s Room

In the writers room twitter chat we used the phrase “In house writers” but this could be a bit clearer. Each Monday, we host a writers room which consists of 5 invited writers – these are members of the public who have submitted sketches regularly and successfully to the previous series. It’s a great way for us to meet the people who submit to the show and give them a real world experience of being in a writers room.

The writers room meets at 10am and ends at noon – this process is deliberately kept separate from the submissions we receive so that it’s a level playing field.

I’ve quoted this in full so you know I’ve not written it. Two things jump out at me.

1) 2 sketches of ‘Newsjack quality’ (whatever you believe this to be) are written by these people in the 2 hours they have for writing. Thats pretty good (in my opinion) that they can do stuff which is so full of jokes in just 120 minutes. Maybe it helps they have 4 other people to bounce stuff off of. I’d love to be a fly on the wall for one of these sessions. Mainly for my noisiness but also I love the process of writing jokes.

2) The invited writers submit sketches regularly. Thats where I fail. To me it suggests that to get into the writers room you have to submit plenty of sketches – those submitting one-liners wont get invited. I could be reading too much into it but that’s how I read that sentence.

Something this doesn’t tell us is what happens to the scripts and one-liners from Monday lunchtime on-wards. I do know  a couple of script editors but I don’t know if they do it by themselves – I imagine they have an additional writers room to get the scripts thrashed out.

In Summary

Loads of submissions. Most of the content is from the public submissions. Some of the content is from members of the public who are invited in for 2 hours.