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 has directed all three series of the award-winning comedy Catastrophe, written by and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney. His other credits include ABC pilot Raised by Wolves, the US format of Caitlin Moran's comedy; HBO series Divorce, with Sarah Jessica Parker; the pilot for The Circuit for Channel 4; Our Ex-Wife for the BBC; and We the Jury

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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TV

Director

CreatorCaitlin Moran
ProducerMichele Greco
WriterDiablo Cody
 

Comedy

Berlanti Productions for ABC
 
WriterSharon Horgan and Rob Delaney
Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Rob Delaney
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    Comedy

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

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

    Big Talk for BBC2
     
    CreatorDennis Kelly and Sharon Horgan
    ProducerClelia Mountford
    Starring
  • Adeel Akhtar
  • Eva Birthistle
  • Victoria Hamilton
  • Nicola Walker
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    Comedy pilot

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

    HBO for HBO
     
    WriterSharon 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
     
    WriterSharon Horgan
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Rob Delaney
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    Comedy series

    Avalon for Channel 4
     
    ProducerClelia Mountford
    WriterFreddy Syborn
    Starring
  • Esther Smith
  • Jack Whitehall
  • Daniel Lawrence Taylor
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    Comedy series
    Big Talk Productions for ITV2
     
    ProducerDan Hine
    WriterRobin French and Kieron Quirke
     
    Second series of the popular comedy
    Roughcut TV for BBC3
     
    CreatorSeb 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
     
    WriterSharon Horgan
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
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    Comedy

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

    Comedy pilot

    Bwark Productions for Sky Living
     
    Cuckoo
    6 x 30'
    CreatorRobin French & Kieron Quirke
    ProducerAsh Atalla
    WriterRobin 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'
    ProducerJenna Jones
    Starring
  • Seb Cardinal
  • Dustin Demri-Burns
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    Comedy sketch show

    Leftbank Pictures for E4
    In Production
     
    ProducerBen Taylor & Thomas Nelstrop
    WriterThomas Nelstrop
    Starring
  • Thomas Nelstrop
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    BBC Online Comedy
     
    Spy
    6 x 30'
    ProducerMargot 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
     
    ProducerJenna 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
    ProducerFiona 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.