Ben Ward

Writer and showrunner for television
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Biography

Ben is a BAFTA-winningwriter for children's television and an experienced writer of grown-up comedy shows.

He wrote for many comedy programmes in the 1990’s, culminating in him becoming the Head Writer of Ant and Dec’s SMTV. The show was enormously successful winning several awards including multiple BAFTA’s.

Ben was then Head Writer of Bus Life on the Disney channel and wrote on several other shows including The Basil Brush Show, a sitcom for which he as nominated as Best Writer for a BAFTA Award.

In 2006 Ben started writing children’s spy drama MI High and hugely popular sketch show Horrible Histories. Ben has been part of the core team behind both award-winning shows, with Horrible Histories becoming the first show of any kind to win 4 Best Programme BAFTAs in the same category, along with a BAFTA for Best Writer.

During this time Ben also co-developed and wrote the BAFTA-winning Tracy Beaker Returns and wrote extensively for grown up comedy series The Impressions Show on BBC1.

In 2012 Ben was asked to develop and become Head Writer of the much anticipated return of Danger Mouse. The show received a wonderful response from children and adults and Ben then ran series 2.  Ben’s role took in running the very talented writing team, writing, rewriting and working across the UK and US teams to guide the show through the recordings and animation process.

Ben is also a two-time world toad in the hole champion, which is a lot more impressive than it sounds.

CV

TV

Writer

Lead Writer 
 
Channel 5
In Development
 
Lead Writer 
ProducerSarah Muller
DirectorRobert Cullen
 

Lead Writer on the second series of the hit show

Boulder Media for FremantleMedia Kids for CBBC
In development
 
Lead Writer 
 
Boulder Media
In development
 
Lead Writer 
ProducerTom Miller
 

Lead Writer on the seventh series of the popular CBBC Horrible Histories comedy sketch show

Lion TV for CBBC
 
Secret Key
26 x 20'
Lead Writer 
CreatorLucy and Stephen Hawking
 

Lead Writer on television adaptation of Stephen and Lucy Hawking's books about a young scientist.

DHX Media
In development
 
Writer 
 
Boulder Media
In development
 
Nellie the Monster Sitter
Pilot for 6 x 30'
Lead Writer 
 
Red and Blue Productions for CBBC
 
Newzoids
6 x 30'
Writer 
DirectorGeorge Kane
Starring
  • Debra Stephenson
  • Jon Culshaw
  •  

    Topical satire using a cast of puppets. 

    Citrus Television for ITV
     
     
    Featuring TV's worst DIY expert, a troupe of acrobats, and a weather presenter
    CBBC
     
    Lead Writer 
    DirectorRobert Cullen
    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Kevin Eldon
  • Dave Lamb
  •  

    Lead Writer on Danger Mouse which returned to the BBC in 2015, more than two decades after the original series ended

    Boulder Media for FremantleMedia Kids for CBBC
     
    Lead Writer 
     
    Lion TV for CBBC
     
    Lead Writer 
    Starring
  • Sarah Bolt
  • Shawn Curran
  • Michaela Dean
  • Colin DePaula
  •  
    Second series of the animated show based on the characters of Beatrix Potter
    Silvergate Media for CBeebies
     
    Story Editor 
    CreatorTom Donbavand
     
    CBBC
    In development
     
    ProducerDavid Hodgson
    DirectorClaire 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
  • Matthew Baynton
  • Jim Howick
  •  

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

    Lion TV for CBBC
     
    ProducerArabella Newnham
    DirectorBen Warwick
    Starring
  • Glyn Dilley
  • Debra Stephenson
  •  
    Drama following cookery queen Fanny Craddock
    Boundless for More4
     
    Starring
  • Oscar Jacques
  • Oyiza Momoh
  • Sam Strike
  • Natasha Watson
  •  
    Sixth series of the children's spy show
    Kudos Film and Television for CBBC
     
    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
     
    ProducerCaroline 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
     
    ProducerRichard Webb
    DirectorAngie De Chastelai Smith
    Starring
  • Jon Culshaw
  • Debra Stephenson
  •  
    Sketch writer
    BBC Productions for BBC1
     
    CreatorJacqueline 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
     
    ProducerRichard Webb
    DirectorAngie De Chastelai Smith
    Starring
  • Jon Culshaw
  • Debra Stephenson
  •  
    Major contributor
    BBC Productions for BBC1
     
     
    Multi-award-winning children's programme about the lives of mini-beasts
    Ammonite for CBBC/BBC1
     
    Starring
  • Ben Wilibond
  • Simon Farnaby
  • Matthew Baynton
  •  
    Major contributor of sketch material and script editor of the multi-award-winning show
    Lion TV for CBBC
     
    ProducerRichard Webb
    DirectorAngie 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
     
    MI High: Multiple Episodes
    RTS Award for Best Children's Drama
    7 x 30'
    CreatorKeith 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
     
    Starring
  • Basil Brush
  • Christopher Pizzi
  •  
    BBC1
     
    ProducerVictoria Pile
    DirectorTristram 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
     
    DirectorIan Hamilton
    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Lee Hurst
  • Simon Munnery
  •  
    Sketch writer
    ITV1
     
     
    Sketch writer
    ITV1
     

    Creator & Writer

    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
     
    Better the Devil
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
     
    Co-created and written with Elly Brewer
    BBC
     
     
    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
     
     
    Sitcom
    Coolabi for CBBC
    In development
     

    Writer & Producer

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

    Assistant Director & Writer

    Theatre

    Writer

    ProducerCaroline Norris
    DirectorDominic Brigstocke
    Starring
  • Matthew Baynton
  • Jim Howick
  • Laurence Rickard
  •  
    Royal Albert Hall
     

    Radio

    Writer & Producer

    Starring
  •  

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4