Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme recipients announced

Four writers selected from 600 submissions

Recipients to receive £10,000 to support a six-month period of script development

“The Betty and Peter List” of 10 exciting un-produced comedy writers also announced

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK charity for people working behind the scenes in cinema, film and television, has today announced the four recipients of the inaugural Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO London Comedy Film Festival.

Selected from over 600 applications, the recipients are Christine Robertson, Laura Kirwan- Ashman, Meryl O’Rourke and Sasha Collington. Each of them will now receive £10,000 to support a six-month period of script development for their feature film screenplay or television sitcom pilot. Guiding the recipients creatively will be Big Talk Productions, who have matched each of the writers with an experienced script editor to help shape their projects over the coming months.

The CTBF and LOCO will work closely with the recipients to provide professional support; highlighting opportunities for networking and supporting the next steps of their writing careers. The programme will culminate in a fully-cast live read of the completed scripts at LOCO’s London Comedy Film Festival at BFI Southbank in May 2017.

Also announced today was The Betty and Peter List; 10 of the most exciting un-produced comedy writers that emerged from the application process. In addition to the four recipients, the list comprises six writers that the selection panel felt were exceptionally talented and deserving of industry recognition. The full Betty and Peter List, including contact details, can be found at

The programme was launched in July and is given in honour of Betty Box and Peter Rogers, legendary producers of the Doctor and Carry On series. Placing writers at its centre, the programme recognises the need to support talented individuals so that they have the time and space to produce work which will resonate. In creating the Betty and Peter Programme, The CTBF is continuing its commitment to those working in the film and television industries who are talented and driven but who need support in order to develop their careers.

For more information about the Programme and the recipients, read the full press release here on our website.