Ben
Ward

Writer and showrunner for television

Ben is a BAFTA-winning writer 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 has also written on Disenchanted for Netflix - created by Matt Groening.

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

CV

Television

Writer 

Horrible Histories: Series 5 - 8
EMMY: Best Children’s programme, 3 x BAFTA: Best Comedy
Lead Writer 
Producer Tom Miller

Lead Writer on the popular, multi award winning comedy sketch show.

Lion TV for CBBC
Writer 

A new adult animated comedy from Matt Groening set in a medieval fantasy world.

The Ululu Company for Netflix
Story Editor 
Creator Tom Donbavand

Episode writer and Script Consultant 

CBBC
Creator Co-writer Giles Pilbrow
Altitude Film Entertainment
In Development

Adapted from the books by Liz Pichon

Black Camel
In Development
Writer 
Boulder Media
In development
Nelly the Monster Sitter
Pilot for 6 x 30'
Lead Writer 
Red and Blue Productions
Newzoids
6 x 30'
Writer 
Director George 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 
    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
    Seventh series of the children's spy show
    Kudos Film and Television for CBBC
    In Development
    Producer Arabella Newnham
    Director Ben 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
    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
    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
    Producer Richard Webb
    Director Angie 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
    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
    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
    Starring
  • Basil Brush
  • Christopher Pizzi
  • BBC1
    Starring
  • Zoe Ball
  • Andi Peters
  • Jamie Theakston
  • Multi-award-winning entertainment show
    BBC Productions for BBC1
    Producer Victoria Pile
    Director Tristram Shapeero
    Starring
  • Sarah Alexander
  • Doon Mackichan
  • Sally Phillips
  • Sketch writer
    Talkback Thames for Channel 4
    Starring
  • Angus Deayton
  • Ian Hislop
  • Paul Merton
  • Sketch writer
    Hat Trick for BBC2
    Director Ian Hamilton
    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Lee Hurst
  • Simon Munnery
  • Sketch writer
    ITV1
    Sketch writer
    ITV1
    Danger Mouse: Series 1 & 2
    Lead Writer: 74 x 11'
    Producer Sarah Muller
    Director Robert Cullen, Simon Hall, Aidan McAteer
    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 & FremantleMedia Kids for CBBC

    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

    Theatre

    Writer 

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

    Film

    Writer 

    Creator Co-writer Gerard Foster
    Cbeebies

    Radio

    Writer & Producer 

    Starring

  • Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
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