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The Sitcom Trials is the comedy show where brand new sitcoms compete and the audience vote for the winner.

Have we found the new Office? The new Outnumbered? The new Open All Hours? Only you can decide.

A hit in London, Edinburgh, Hollywood and on ITV1, the Trials take place at London's Leicester Square Theatre. Details of the 2011 season and how you can take part will be announced here.

Writers, actors, and viewing public are welcome.
Most recent show: Sitcom Trials Manchester, July 2011 Read the review here.

Next show: Sitcom Trials Manchester,
Friday Oct 21 2011 at The Lass O'Gowrie.
Script deadline Oct 1st, voting deadline Oct 9th.

Find out more at the SitsVac forum, or British Comedy Guide.

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The Sitcom Trials began on stage in London and Bristol in 1999, has enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, national and international touring shows, and an 8 part TV series on ITV1 showcasing 16 brand new sitcoms. In 2008 the Sitcom Trials won the Fringe Report Award for Best Encourager of New Talent.

Judges at the 2009 10th Anniversary Sitcom Trials included David Quantick, Iain Morris, Bill Dare, Katie Tyrell, David Schneider, Laura Lawson, Ashley Blaker, Daniel Maier, Nev Fountain, Carrie Quinlan, Michelle Farr, Marc Blake and Tom Price.

The winner of the 2009 10th Anniversary Season was End To End by Steve McNeil & Sam Pamphilon. Spring 2009's winner was Riga To Rotherham by Dean Hardman. Autumn 07's winner was New Zealand team sitcom Sweet As.

Performers who have appeared in The Sitcom Trials over the years include Miranda Hart, Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Tony Robinson (Baldrick), Wanda Opalinska, Gerard Foster, Charity Trimm, Dominic Frisby, Waen Shepherd, Laura Solon, James Holmes, Justin Lee Collins, Russell Howard, Mark Olver, Aaron Barschak, Emily Lloyd, Danny Robins, Dan Tetsell, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, Lucy Porter, Nick Ewans, Louisa Gummer, Anne-Marie Draycott, Dan March, Rich Johnston, Simon Treves, McNeil and Pamphilon.

Reviews for the show have ranged from the Leicester Mercurys "We were screaming with laughter... move over Friends", through the London Evening Standards "We're not watching stand-up, we're watching comedy history", to Metro's notorious review of the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe show: "I would happily have voted to have my own eyes gouged out with hot spoons rather than endure another moment."