Saturday, 16 January 2016

Corrie writer Ben Tagoe: From selling phones to writing soap

Corrie writer Ben Tagoe with some of the Coronation Street cast
There's a good interview with Coronation Street writer Ben Tagoe today. 

Ben, from Perth, was working in the sales industry a decade ago — including a stint selling mobile phones in Dundee — when a chance stranding in Leeds saw him spend a night out with people involved in the music and arts industry. Within a couple of months he had sold his flat in Edinburgh and signed up for a creative writing course.

Ben said of his rise to prominence: “I decided to just take a chance — it was a huge decision to take and a lot of people thought I was mad because I was doing well and had a decent job. I just knew that I wanted to be able to enjoy my job and it not feel like a chore doing it every day. I finished my course in 2005 and for the next five years I was writing plays and putting them on with local actors — then I got my first paid writing job. It was hard-going — I thought I might have to give up at points.”

Ben’s big break came after years of toiling and temporary work when he scored a place on the prestigious BBC Writers’ Academy course. Living in London for three months, the course gave him the chance to help write episodes for EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors.

He didn’t feel he fitted in until he was asked to write three episodes for Coronation Street — which he said suited his style of writing down to the ground.

After impressing the show’s bosses he was given a 12-month contract to pen episodes on a regular basis — the process had taken him 10 years.

Now, as well as continuing his Corrie career, Ben is developing a drama series set in Dundee.

You can read the full interview here

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See also our profile of Ben Tagoe and other members of the Coronation Street writing team

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is the 'рrofessional' level of our favourite soaр's writing team, Lord helр us :(

Anonymous said...

This helps to confirm for me that anyone who can string a few words together and rub elbows with the right person can be asked to write for Corrie. It really explains a lot.

Emma Hynes said...

Genuinely surprised at these rather unfair comments. From reading the above, and my familiarity with episodes written by Ben, he is every bit a worthy writer for Corrie. I found myself inspired by the excerpts above, and the full interview.

Anonymous said...

As much as we complain about the writing I have to admit that the dialogue is great, some real zingers. What I have a problem with is the storyline or plotlines - that is where Corrie seems to loose it - do they have 2 sets of writers/editors or is SB the one who decides which direction the storyline will go? I'm hoping it is SB so when he leaves the problem will be solved.

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