Real life stories of a Screenwriter: Ben Tagoe

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."

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Verity MacLeod | Senior Script Editor | ITV PLC
Coronation Street


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