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WANTED – Suffolk's funniest budding scriptwriters!BBC Radio Suffolk is today launching a comedy writing contest, working in partnership with national radio.

WANTED – Suffolk's funniest budding scriptwriters!

BBC Radio Suffolk is today launching a comedy writing contest, working in partnership with national radio.

A panel of celebrity writers will judge the entries, including Thetford's

David Croft, co-writer and producer of the hit TV series Dad's Army, Are You Being Served?, Allo Allo and Hi-de-Hi, and BBC Radio 1's legendary disc jockey John Peel, who lives near Stowmarket.

Applicants should submit a comedy script of up to five minutes in duration, such as a stand-up piece, monologue or sketch designed for radio, by Friday June 14.

BBC comedy producer Elizabeth Freestone will produce the winning scripts using professional actors.

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Elizabeth will also offer applicants the benefit of her expertise in a special workshop to be held in Ipswich on Friday May 17.

The winning entries will have their work professionally recorded and broadcast for Sally Goodwin and David Webb's afternoon show, with a special repeat at Christmas.

David Peel, editor of BBC Radio Suffolk, said: "I'm really excited by this

competition. There are lots of comedy clubs in the East and I'll eat my

hat if we don't find some super talent."