Ben Ward

Writer for film and television
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Biography

Ben is a BAFTA-winning writer for children's television and an experienced writer for adult comedy shows.

He began writing for television during the 1990s, when he worked as a BBC contract writer for Radio Light Entertainment. He worked on many of the decade's most successful comedy shows, including Spitting Image, Saturday Live, Smack the Pony, Alastair MacGowan's Big Impression and The Big Breakfast.

In 1997, Ben started working in children's television after a stint of writing for (and appearances on) Live and Kicking with Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston. At ITV Ben wrote and script edited the award-winning SMTV. 

Since then he has written numerous children's programmes including MI High (with one of his episodes winning an RTS Award in 2009), Horrible Histories and Disney's award-winning Bus Life, which gained him a BAFTA nomination as Best Original Writer in 2004.

He is currently lead writer on the re-boot of the all-time classic TV show Dangermouse.

CV

Theatre

Writer

Producer Caroline Norris
Director Dominic Brigstocke
Starring
  • Matthew Baynton
  • Jim Howick
  • Laurence Rickard
  •  
    Royal Albert Hall
     

    Assistant Director & Writer

    Starring
  • Lucy Porter
  •  
    Stage sketch show
     

    Radio

    Writer

    Writer & Producer

    Starring
  •  

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     

    Assistant Director & Writer

    Starring
  • Eddie Mair
  •  
    Sketch writer

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     

    TV

    Writer

     
    Featuring TV's worst DIY expert, a troupe of acrobats, and a weather presenter
    CBBC
     
    Creator Tom Donbavand
     
    CBBC
    In development
     
     
    Lion TV for CBBC
    In development
     
    Director Robert Cullen
    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Kevin Eldon
  • Dave Lamb
  •  

    Danger Mouse returns to the BBC in 2015, more than two decades since the series ended

    Boulder Media for FremantleMedia Kids for CBBC
     
    Producer David Hodgson
    Director Claire Underwood
     
    Children's animated show about a bandicoot from Australia
    Pesky
    In development
     
     
    Seventh series of the children's spy show
    Kudos Film and Television for CBBC
    In Development
     
    Starring
  • Sarah Bolt
  • Shawn Curran
  • Michaela Dean
  • Colin DePaula
  •  
    Second series of the animated show based on the characters of Beatrix Potter
    Chorion for CBeebies
    In development
     
    Producer James Serafinowicz
    Director Al Campbell
    Starring
  • Aisling Bea
  • Tala Gouveia
  • William Hartley
  • Dan Wright
  •  
    Sports based sketch show
    Citrus for CBBC
     
    Starring
  • Matthew Baynton
  • Jim Howick
  •  

    Lead writer on the new series of the hit children's show

    Lion TV for CBBC
     
    Starring
  • Oscar Jacques
  • Oyiza Momoh
  • Sam Strike
  • Natasha Watson
  •  
    Sixth series of the children's spy show
    Kudos Film and Television for CBBC
     
    Producer Arabella Newnham
    Director Ben Warwick
    Starring
  • Glyn Dilley
  • Debra Stephenson
  •  
    Drama following cookery queen Fanny Craddock
    Boundless for More4
     
    Starring
  • Dick & Dom
  •  
    Second series starring Dick and Dom
    BBC Productions for CBBC
     
    Starring
  • Dick & Dom
  •  
    Comedy set in the world of cinema starring Dick & Dom
    BBC Productions for CBBC
     
     
    Citrus for CBBC
    In development
     
    Producer Caroline Norris
    Starring
  • Laurence Rickard
  •  
    Sketch writer for Jubilee themed sketches to accompany the flotilla coverage
    BBC Productions for BBC1
     
    Starring
  • Sarah Bolt
  • Shawn Curran
  • Michaela Dean
  • Colin DePaula
  •  
    New animation based on the classic Beatrix Potter character
    Chorion for CBeebies
     
    Producer Richard Webb
    Director Angie De Chastelai Smith
    Starring
  • Jon Culshaw
  • Debra Stephenson
  •  
    Sketch writer
    BBC Productions for BBC1
     
    Producer Richard Webb
    Director Angie De Chastelai Smith
    Starring
  • Jon Culshaw
  • Debra Stephenson
  •  
    Major contributor
    BBC Productions for BBC1
     
    Creator Jacqueline Wilson
    Starring
  • Conor Byrne
  • Lisa Coleman
  • Dani Harmer
  • Kay Purcell
  •  
    Ben, with Elly Brewer, was lead writer and revisioned the show where Tracy is all grown up and back at the Dumping Ground
    CBBC for CBBC/BBC1
     
     
    Multi-award-winning children's programme about the lives of mini-beasts
    Ammonite for CBBC/BBC1
     
    Starring
  • Ben Wilibond
  •  
    Major contributor of sketch material and script editor of the multi-award-winning show
    Lion TV for CBBC
     
    Producer Richard Webb
    Director Angie De Chastelai Smith
     
    Sketch writer and script editor
    BBC Productions for BBC1
     
    Starring
  • Pax Baldwin
  • Emily Gloyens
  • Brad Kavanagh
  • Gregg Sulkin
  •  
    Children's show set at break time
    Talkback Thames for Disney Channel
     
    5Speed5
    Pilot for 10 x 15'
     
    New animated series
    HIT Entertainment
    In development
     
    Nellie the Monster Sitter
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
     
    CBBC
    In development
     
    MI High: Multiple Episodes
    RTS Award for Best Children's Drama
    7 x 30'
    Creator Keith Brumpton
    Starring
  • Sam Melvin
  • Rachel Petladwala
  • Chris Stanton
  •  
    Children's sci-fi adventure series
    Kudos Film and TV for BBC1
     
    Starring
  • Toby Hull
  •  
    ITV1
     
    Starring
  • Kevin Connelly
  • Phil Cornwell
  • Jon Culshaw
  • Mark Perry
  •  
    Sketch writer
    BBC2
     
    Starring
  • Laura Aikman
  • Eva Alexander
  • Oliver Mason
  • Yasmin Paige
  •  
    Co-written with Nathan Cockerill
    Mystical Productions for BBC1
     
    Stupid
    12 x 30'
     
    Sketch writer
    CBBC
     
     
    Pantomine co-written with Richie Webb and the highest rated childrens show on BBC1 in 2003
    BBC1
     
    Starring
  • Basil Brush
  • Christopher Pizzi
  •  
    BBC1
     
     
    Team writer
    Channel 4
     
    Producer Victoria Pile
    Director Tristram Shapeero
    Starring
  • Sarah Alexander
  • Doon Mackichan
  • Sally Phillips
  •  
    Sketch writer
    Talkback Thames for Channel 4
     
    Starring
  • Zoe Ball
  • Andi Peters
  • Jamie Theakston
  •  
    Multi-award-winning entertainment show
    BBC Productions for BBC1
     
    Starring
  • Angus Deayton
  • Ian Hislop
  • Paul Merton
  •  
    Sketch writer
    Hat Trick for BBC2
     
     
    Sketch writer
    Five
     
    Director Ian Hamilton
    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Lee Hurst
  • Simon Munnery
  •  
    Sketch writer
    ITV1
     
     
    Sketch writer
    ITV1
     

    Writer & Producer

    Starring
  • Ant McPartlin
  • Declan Donnelly
  •  
    Head writer, script editor and producer of the ground-breaking live show
    ITV1
     

    Assistant Director & Writer

    Creator & Writer

     
    New comedy co-written with Gerard Foster
    BBC Productions
    In development
     
    Sardines
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
     
    Co-writing and creating the show with Elly Brewer
    BBC Scotland
    In development
     
    Bus Life
    13 x 5'
    Starring
  • Katie Angelou
  • James Bird
  • Ashley Cavender-Jones
  • Clare Thomas
  •  
    Winner of Children's Bafta for Best Writer
    Disney Channel
     
     
    Sitcom
    Coolabi for CBBC
    In development
     
    Better the Devil
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
     
    Co-created and written with Elly Brewer
    BBC