Jeff Pope
Jeff Pope in 2015
Born2 October 1961
United Kingdom
Occupation(s)Television producer, screenwriter

Jeff Pope is a British television producer and screenwriter who co-wrote the film Pierrepoint and the television drama The Fattest Man in Britain and who won a BAFTA in 2006 for the drama See No Evil: The Moors Murders.[1][2] He is also the Head of ITV Productions Factual Drama.[3][4] Pope wrote the screenplay for the 2018 film Stan & Ollie, and co-wrote the 2022 film The Lost King.


Pope's first media job was as a reporter for the Ealing Gazette. He joined London Weekend Television in 1983 as a researcher on The Six O'Clock Show. In 1996 Pope was appointed Head of Factual Drama at LWT before moving to Granada Television in the same role.[5] He finally moved to ITV where he is Head of Factual Drama. Among Pope's television writing credits are Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery (1992), The Place of the Dead (1997), Essex Boys (2000), Bob Martin (2000), Dirty Filthy Love (2004), Christmas Lights (2004), Pierrepoint (2005), Northern Lights (2006), City Lights (2007), The Fattest Man in Britain (2009) and The Widower.[6]

As a producer, Pope's credits include Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery (1992), The One That Got Away (1996), The Show (1997), This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (2000), Bob Martin (2000), Essex Boys (2000), Christmas Lights (2004), Northern Lights (2006), City Lights (2007), Pierrepoint (2005), and The Fattest Man in Britain (2009).[6]

In addition to winning a BAFTA for the television drama See No Evil: The Moors Murders in 2007, Pope was also nominated in 2001 for My Beautiful Son, and again in 2004 for Dirty Filthy Love.[1][7] In 2004 he appeared as himself in an episode of The South Bank Show.[6] Pope and Steve Coogan were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 86th Academy Awards for writing Philomena starring Judi Dench and Coogan. In 2014, Pope wrote and produced Cilla, a miniseries about the early career of Cilla Black, starring Sheridan Smith as Black.

In 2015, Pope's contributions were recognised when he received the Alan Clarke special BAFTA award.

Pope wrote the screenplay for Stan & Ollie (2018), a biographical comedy-drama film based on the lives of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. It premiered in October 2018 at the BFI London Film Festival and was released in the United States on 28 December 2018 and in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2019. In 2022, Archie a television series Pope wrote about Cary Grant, was commissioned by ITV.[8]

Pope executive-produced The Reckoning, a mini-series about the life of Jimmy Savile, starring regular collaborator Steve Coogan as Savile.[9] The show had been delayed to 2024, with a source saying: "The four-part drama is being edited in such a meticulous and careful way, so as not to create more pain and suffering for Savile’s victims";[10] It was then pushed forward and was broadcast on the BBC in October 2023.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b See No Evil: The Moors Murders BAFTA Award on the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Pope and See No Evil on the BAFTA website (2006)
  3. ^ 'ITV broadcasting: 25 jobs to go', The Guardian 5 March 2009
  4. ^ Pope on the 'Farnham Film Company' website
  5. ^ Pope on TV Profiles website
  6. ^ a b c "Jeff Pope". IMDb. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore the Awards". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Archie, to premiere on ITVX, the story of Cary Grant's life".
  9. ^ "BBC To Tell Story Of Infamous Sexual Predator Jimmy Savile In Series From BAFTA-Winner Jeff Pope". Deadline. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  10. ^ "The Reckoning: BBC Jimmy Savile Drama 'Delayed Until 2024'". TV Zone. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  11. ^ Waterson, Jim (2023-02-28). "BBC Jimmy Savile drama to air this year despite concerns". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
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