Ben Taylor

Director for television

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Biography

Ben gained a degree in Film from Staffordshire University, graduating with an ambitious graduation film, Tango 51, which went on to win Best British Video at the BBC Short Film Festival in 2000.

After honing his skills in the world of music videos and commercials he found his home in scripted comedy. Ben directed the first series of Spy, a six part original comedy for Hat Trick Productions/Sky followed by Cardinal Burns for Leftbank Pictures/Channel 4, which picked up the Best Sketch Show award at the 2012 British Comedy Awards, Best Multichannel Programme and Best Comedy Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2013, and a BAFTA nomination for Best Comedy.

Ben's credits include Cuckoo starring Andy Samberg, Greg Davis and later Taylor Lautner for Rough Cut/BBC3, Cockroaches by Freddy Syborn, and all three series of the award-winning comedy Catastrophe, written by and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney. Ben also directed an episode of new HBO series Divorce, with Sarah Jessica Parker; the pilot of new Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly series The Circuit for Channel 4; Our Ex-Wife for the BBC; and We the Jury by James Acaster for BBC2. 

It’s the brilliant thing about Catastrophe too that, under a pile of knickers and all the filth, it is actually very sweet. Romantic, even. That and the fact that it is hilarious; the filth is top notch, glorious filth.

Sam Wollaston
The Guardian on Catastrophe Series 3

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Different, in a good way: black but not bleak.

Andrew Billen
The Times on Cockroaches

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TV

Director

Writer Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney
Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Rob Delaney
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    Comedy

    Avalon for Channel 4 / Amazon
     
    Creator Julie Thacker Scully
    Starring
  • Robert Webb
  • Melanie Lynskey
  • Victoria Hamilton
  • Peter Egan
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    Comedy pilot

    BBC for BBC2
     
    Creator James Acaster
    Starring
  • Ed Easton
  • Sophie Thompson
  • Diane Morgan
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    Sitcom pilot about jury service

    Big Talk for BBC2
     
    Creator Dennis Kelly and Sharon Horgan
    Producer Clelia Mountford
    Starring
  • Adeel Akhtar
  • Eva Birthistle
  • Victoria Hamilton
  • Nicola Walker
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    Comedy pilot

    Merman for Channel 4
     
    Divorce
    1 x 30'
    Creator Sharon Horgan
    Starring
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Thomas Haden Church
  • Molly Shannon
  • Talia Balsam
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    Comedy

    HBO for HBO
     
    Writer Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Rob Delaney
  • Jonathan Forbes
  • Carrie Fisher
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    Comedy series

    Avalon for Channel 4
     
    Chev & Bev
    1 x 30'
    Starring
  • Chevy Chase
  • Beverly D’Angelo
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    Comedy pilot

    ABC
     
    Writer Sharon Horgan
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Rob Delaney
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    Comedy series

    Avalon for Channel 4
     
    Producer Clelia Mountford
    Writer Freddy Syborn
    Starring
  • Esther Smith
  • Jack Whitehall
  • Daniel Lawrence Taylor
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    Comedy series
    Big Talk Productions for ITV2
     
    Producer Dan Hine
    Writer Robin French and Kieron Quirke
     
    Second series of the popular comedy
    Roughcut TV for BBC3
     
    Creator Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns
    Starring
  • Seb Cardinal
  • Dustin Demri-Burns
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    Series two of the award-winning comedy sketch show
    Left Bank Pictures for Channel 4
     
    Writer Sharon Horgan
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
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    Comedy

    ABC Studios for ABC
     
    30 and Counting
    1 x 30' Pilot
    Writer Chris Little and Tom Vinnicombe
     

    Comedy pilot

    Bwark Productions for Sky Living
     
    Cuckoo
    6 x 30'
    Creator Robin French & Kieron Quirke
    Producer Ash Atalla
    Writer Robin French and Kieron Quirke
    Starring
  • Greg Davies
  • Andy Samberg
  • Helen Baxendale
  • Tamla Kari
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    Comedy series

    Roughcut Television for BBC3
     
    Cardinal Burns
    Best Sketch Show - British Comedy Awards 2012
    6 x 30'
    Producer Jenna Jones
    Starring
  • Seb Cardinal
  • Dustin Demri-Burns
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    Comedy sketch show

    Leftbank Pictures for E4
    In Production
     
    Producer Ben Taylor & Thomas Nelstrop
    Writer Thomas Nelstrop
    Starring
  • Thomas Nelstrop
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    BBC Online Comedy
     
    Spy
    6 x 30'
    Producer Margot Gavan-Duffy
    Starring
  • Darren Boyd
  • Jude Wright
  •  
    Single father Tim quits his dead-end job but his life changes forever when he is accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5.
    Hat Trick Productions for Sky 1 HD
    In Production
     
    Producer Jenna Jones
    Starring
  • Seb Cardinal
  • Dustin Demri-Burns
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    Comedy sketch show

     

    Leftbank Pictures for E4
     
    Grippenschaaft Self Help Virals
    3 x 2' Online Sketches
    Starring
  • Thomas Nelstrop
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    Online sketches
    BBC Online
     
    Idiots of Ants
    1 x 15' pilot
    Producer Fiona McDermott
    Starring
  • Elliott Tiney
  • Benjamin Wilson
  • James Wrighton
  • Andrew Spiers
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    Pilot sketch show from Edinburgh Festival favourites Idiots Of Ants.
    Zeppotron for E4
     

    Film

    Director

    Writer & Director

     
    Best British Video BBC Short Film Festival 2000 / JVC Award Best Student Film.