Bafta comedy gong for John

John Sheerman
John Sheerman

A promising Brighouse comedy writer has won a national competition organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

John Sheerman will fly to the USA to have his work performed at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) in October.

The events, delivered under the banner of ‘BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase’, are a special incarnation of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, the Academy’s flagship writing programme in partnership with Rocliffe. A jury of comedy professionals from the UK and US helped select the winning entrants.

Now living in London, John created the sketch “Gilding the Lilly” where a motley band of under-achieving bar staff, drunks and tour guides attempt to keep their beloved pub open and upright by any means necessary. He has been writing comedy and performing for the last four years with the group So On & So Forth, who have been commissioned to write and perform a sketch comedy pilot for BBC Radio 4.

Andrew Newman, Chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee and Chief Executive of Objective Productions, said: “BAFTA is delighted to bring these exciting new writers and writing teams to the attention of the international television industry through the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase. Attending NYTVF offers invaluable exposure and a fantastic learning opportunity for the writers.”