Predicted Sitcom Exam Questions

Here are a few predicted exam questions. Get cracking on them as they are likely to come up in the exam!

  • “It would help us to plan a new show if we could be clear about how sitcoms have developed since they first broadcasted. Give us your thoughts and discuss the significant changes”

  • “We need to consider our rivals. What are the key factors of the sitcoms you think are likely to be our biggest competitors? However, we want to move things on. How can we make our sitcom different and appeal to today’s audience?”
  • “We want to see how your ideas would look. Suggest a title for the new sitcom, devise new characters and give an outline of a sample story line. Feel free to include any sketches if you think they might be helpful. Explain how your suggestions are in line with the brief. “

  • “Come up with a design for the pilot episode of the sitcoms featuring your characters in the story line you have suggested you should produce:

    EITHER: a full story board and a script for a 3 to 5 minute sketch in the pilot episode.

    OR: create a design for each character including clothing etc with a list of key personality traits and a design for one main production area (ie Living Room).

    Remember to apply the usual conventions. Use the storyboards and A3 sheets provided. “

  • Choose a sitcom which you think will be one of our competitors and explain its appeal to the audience.
  • Outline your ideas for a new sitcom, remembering that any new programme must conform to Denham Productions* core values.
  • Produce a storyboard for the opening two minutes (approximately) of your sitcom, making sure you provide details of: shot, camera movement, transitions, length of take, sound effects, dialogue and music. The use of colour is strongly suggested.
  • Where did you find inspiration for your situation comedy? Refer to the other sitcoms / TV programmes / films that have inspired your decisions.
  • Why would your intended audience find this to be a suitable opening for a TV situation comedy programme?

* You will be given a letter from a fictitious company in the exam who explains what kind of sitcom they want: audience profile, family/workplace … etc. You will then have to remember to link your ideas to the specifications.

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7 responses to “Predicted Sitcom Exam Questions

  1. Im scared of this exam!

  2. please could you help me out my teacher has giving us example questions which will be in the exam this monday and one of the question im stuck on is ‘give two sitcoms & explain how and why they appeal give much detail as possible’ but i dnt watch sitcoms at all i dnt knw which two i should choose :s so could you help me out n tell me what two would be best and describe it for me please..

    and the pther thing is i have to make my own up !! the question says who are the characters ?? do i make them up or do i choose a celebrity like the man from scrubs??

    and offer us your ideas on british sitcom i dnt knw what british peopel would like liek i said i dn watch sitcoms

    appropriate title daamnn i cnt think of anything lyk that but i coudl work that one out myslef hopefully

    and then the rest i could handle myself but it would be really really great n kind n generous of you if you could help me out with the rest of the things i have said ..

    thank you soo much

  3. please could you help me out my teacher has giving us example questions which will be in the exam this monday and one of the question im stuck on is ‘give two sitcoms & explain how and why they appeal give much detail as possible … i have choosen to do only fools and horses and my family!
    please can you help me as soon as possible!

    thank you very much

  4. i need help thinking about my own sitcom and a title 😐 any ideas? i need help asap xx

  5. Hi natalie just do a basic one, like a workplace or at home. Think of just one funny event that has happened or something.

    This storyboard is gonna kill me arrrrrgggggggg

  6. Hi people! If you get really stuck on something (or know that your gonna be stuck) just bang on about what genre you do know. If you know a sitcom that you love to bits, go on about it! Research the writers and say what other projects they’ve done- you’ll probably remember that more than some other random sitcom.

    Also, try not to do much on American sitcom- there after british examples. Mention them but don’t explain them too much!

    Good luck am looking forward to getting it over and done with now!

  7. Hi,

    I have written a full episode of a sitcom I created. I have never done this before and wonder how to get it in the hands of someone who can read through it and provide feedback.

    Thank you,
    Mark Smith
    (623) 297-8888

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