Christopher Stanners


Chris is a writer for radio and television comedy and drama. Chris has contributed to a number of radio comedy, including the Scottish Comedy Award winning panel show Breaking the News and sketch series for BBC Radio 4, including The Show What You Wrote, NewsJack and Recorded For Training Purposes, and Chris’s original radio-drama play How to Have a Midlife Crisis was recently shortlisted for the BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award.

For television, Chris’s original comedy Vargon Lives! was commissioned as a pilot script for the BBC Funny on Three initiative, and is now being developed as a radio comedy series after making the final stages of the BBC Script Room. Chris has also contributed original sketches for BBC Comedy Online and also BBC3’s Scallywagga, and he is also developing a number of original TV comedy series ideas.


Television (broadcast):
Grumpy Old Monsters BBC Comedy Extra
Original comedy sketches about three monsters feeling eclipsed in their twilight years, starring Justin Moorhouse and Lorraine Cheshire:
Executive Producer: Jon Mountague, Producer: Jim Poyser
Scallywagga BBC Comedy/BBC3
Sketch material and character ideas for the BBC3 comedy
Producers: Kristian Smith and Jon Mountague
Town Watch BBC Comedy Online
Comedy taster tape:
Radio (broadcast):
Breaking the News BBC Radio Scotland
Topical comedy panel show
The Show What You Wrote – Series 2 BBC Radio 4
Sketch recorded for the Art and Literature episode – “Holmes Plays Guess Who”
Newsjack BBC Radio 4 Extra
Sketches broadcast in various episodes
Recorded for Training Purposes – Series 2 BBC Radio 4
Sketch material for the second series of the fast-paced sketch show about modern communication, media noise and contemporary obsessions
Television (in development):
Vargon Lives! BBC Funny on Three
Original TV comedy pilot- script commissioned for the BBC Funny on Three Initiative
Daytime Drinkers Original TV comedy-drama script – Shortlisted for the Red Planet Prize
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Comedy-drama script – Selected for the BBC Northern Exposure scheme
Radio (in development):
Vargon Lives! Original radio comedy pilot that reached the final stage of the BBC Script Room
How to Have a Midlife Crisis Radio drama play – shortlisted for the BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2014
Islands Barnsley Civic Hall
Writer of Stage play that reached longlist of 27 scripts for Manchester 24:7 theatre festival and performed at the Barnsley Civic Scratch Night
Selected for the BBC Radio Drama Workshop with producers Charlotte Ritches and Sharon Sefton, to learn about pitching radio drama ideas (2014)
Selected for the BBC Jesting About sitcom writing scheme, working with four other writers from the North East. Sessions included work with Michael Jacob, Stuart Kenowrthy and Ian La Frenais. Ten-minute script performed at industry showcase (2011)
One-day BBC workshop for promising radio writers, with producer Ed Morrish and script editors Dan Tetsell and Gareth Gwynn