The Pragmatic Optimist

BAFTA nominated writer Ben Tagoe joins our hosts Pauline Walker and Patricia Cumper for episode 4 of The Amplify Project.

In 2016, Ben’s episode of CBBC’s JAMIE JOHNSON was shortlisted for the Children’s BAFTA awards, International Emmys and Royal Television Society awards. He currently has various TV projects in development.  

For the stage, Ben’s plays include WHEN WE WERE BROTHERS, THE THING ABOUT PSYCHOPATHS and COLD TURKEY AT NANA’s. In Spring ‘23, his one-man show BETTER DAYS toured the UK to critical acclaim. The production will be remounted at this year’s Edinburgh Festivals, before embarking on another UK tour in the Autumn. Ben is currently on commission with National Theatre of Scotland to write a new play – THE BLACK STAR BAND.  


"writing for Coronation Street...for characters that have been known and loved for decades, and you get to put words in their mouth is a real privilege and thrill."

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