Real life stories of a Screenwriter: Ben Tagoe
Published on 2nd March 2016
Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Ben Tagoe is known in the industry for the way he can write funny moments. “I don’t write gags, I don’t want to be a stand up comic or anything, but I do think I write good humour from situations. I write good characters, so I write humour that comes from the situations”.
His outstanding work has been featured on TV dramas such as Eastenders, Doctors and Casualty, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as well as treading the stage across the UK.
Originally from Scotland but now based in West Yorkshire, Ben’s work was initially spotted by the BBC back in 2003, when he was offered the prestigious Alfred Bradley bursary from BBC Radio 4 for his radio script “Keeping Up With The Joneses”. His unique style won him a place on the BBC Writers Academy.
Ben’s writing passion has allowed him to explore a wide range of avenues, from penning movies, including short film Black Magic featured as part of the BBC and Arts Council England’s pioneering project The Space, to writing for the stage, with plays including Bittersweet Sunshine for Red Ladder, Cold Turkey at Nana's for Oran Mor/ Perth Theatre, and The Thing about Psychopaths, which toured the UK. His play Triple Word Score was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Ben is a driven and passionate writer who’s constantly scripting something. ”The thing with writing is – he says – if you are a writer, then you will always write. Whether you get paid to do or not”.
'Ben is a brilliant member of the Coronation Street writing team. Right from the beginning, he was pitching great stories that turned into great television. Ben is a very talented writer and has a lightness of touch that is hard to find, but can also deliver scenes with real depth and emotion with aplomb. He is a pleasure to work with and we are lucky to have him on the team.'
Verity MacLeod | Senior Script Editor | ITV PLC
Ad of the Week - The Casino
If I said the name Jean-Claude Van Damme what would be the first thing you would think of? His ac...read more
Ad of the Week - The Legend Returns
In the 80’s TVs were square and car adverts were a little crazy. In 1984 Peugeot released ‘The Bo...read more
Creating a community online
Creating and maintaining a community is one of the most important aspects of marketing. You may h...read more
Hiive ✈ Guardian Edinburgh Intl. TV Festival
So, Hiive went to Edinburgh. It's pretty nice, you should go there some time.read more
Welcome to Hiive
Hiive is an exciting new digital venture; a place for you to share and showcase your skills, expe...read more
YouTuber accidentally attends movie premiere in fancy dress...
A covert Hiive agent accidentally attended the European premiere of “The Guardians of the Galaxy”...read more