Ben Ellis


Doncaster-based writer Ben is a writer for television comedy and drama; he has a number of original television sitcom series in active development with indies such as Channel X, The Comedy Unit and Hoot Comedy; and has written sketch material for a variety of television comedy series including TittyBangBang, Rough Cuts and Dogface and was also a regular contributor to RDF Television’s monthly live comedy showcases. Ben has also recently started writing for drama, having joined the writing team for BBC1’s daytime drama Doctors, after being selected and successfully completing the annual shadow scheme. Ben first began writing at university where he studied Film & Theatre at both London Metropolitan and Sheffield. In 2005, he was a runner-up in Jonathan Harvey’s round of the BBC’s ‘Last Laugh’ competition. Ben went on to write his first comedy pilot script Seven Eleven in 2006, which he sent to Talkback Thames, and soon after this he joined the writing on Man Stroke Woman for its second series.


Television drama:
Doctors BBC Drama / BBC1
Writer for the daytime medical-drama series (2017-present)
Television comedy:
RDF Sketch Show RDF Media
The Crook and Lee Show Pett Productions
Sketch material
Tittybangbang Series 3 Pett Productions
Sketch material
Roughcuts RDF Media
Man Stroke Woman Talkback Thames
Sketch material
The Objective Sketch Show / Dogface Objective Productions
Sketch material
Crash Talkback Thames
Original television series (in development):
Our Julie The Comedy Unit
30′ comedy-drama series set in Sheffield about a newly-single 32-year-old woman trying to recapture what she considers to be her lost twenties
Brightside Channel X
Family sitcom about a working-class family in Doncaster
Producer: Sally Martin
Reasons to Be Bitter Hoot Comedy
Sitcom a disillusioned media-type and her attempts to break into ‘The Arts’
Jim and Jean Baby Cow / Screenplay Productions
30′ comedy about a middle-aged couple’s many thwarted attempts to keep their marriage alive
Shortlisted in the BBC’s Northern Laughs Competition
My Freakishly Older Sister 60′ comedy-drama about two long-lost sisters who must cross the generation gap and the class divide to become siblings rather than strangers
The Fairly Ordinary Adventures of Violet Screenplay Productions
Charming comedy about a widow and her friendship with her oddball bereavement counsellor
PALS Screenplay Productions
Comedy set in the ‘Patient Advice and Liaison Office’ of a north-east hospital
The ‘4 Poofs and a Piano’ Sitcom Producer: Graham Smith
Sitcom written for the popular gay men’s chorus
Laid RDF Media
Narrative sitcom about a group of male ‘kidults’
Wham! And Chardonnay BGC Publishing
Short story published in Issue 2 of ‘Tall Tales from the Big Smoke’
The Fix-Up Gorlan Press
Short story
Professional Training:
Doctors One of 8 writers selected for the BBC’s Doctors shadow-writing scheme (2015)