Keith Taylor, JP
Keith is a television director, writer, cameraman and co-founder of the film and television production company, ‘Floella Benjamin Productions’.
He started his career in the theatre, in stage management overseeing several West End productions as well touring the UK with the Royal Ballet’s ‘Ballet for All’. He also worked at National Theatre as design assistant.
Back in the 70’s and 80’s he wrote comedy sketches for the BBC’s popular children’s programmes, ‘Playaway’ and ‘Fast Forward’.
Since 1987 he has created, designed and written hundreds of children’s TV programmes, including the award winning series ‘Hullaballoo’. He directed and was Director of Photography on ‘Coming to England’ for the BBC and won a Royal Television Society Award for the drama in 2004.
He has also written and directed educational, lifestyle and travel programmes as well as documentaries for adults such as ‘A Taste of Cuba’, ‘Taste of the Caribbean’, ‘Africa on a Plate’ and ‘Statues and Monuments’ for Carlton Television. He recently wrote and directed the 42 part radio comedy series, ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ as well as ‘Floella’s Story Sack’.
He served as a Magistrate for 20 years and was Chairman of the Bench and an appraiser and mentor to new magistrates.
He gives talks to young people on image, attitude and presentation to improve their employability prospects.
He supports numerous charities, including The Stroke Association, World Heart Beat Music Academy and Transplant Links, a charity which literally saves lives by performing kidney transplants from parent to child.