This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.Find sources: "Philip Pope" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (January 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Philip R. J. Pope is a British composer and actor. He was educated at Downside School and New College, Oxford.[1]


Pope appeared in the Oxford Revue in Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1978 and 1979, both with Angus Deayton.[2] He performed in the BBC radio comedy series Radio Active (1980–87) and has also starred in a number of television comedy series, including Who Dares Wins (1983–88), Chelmsford 123 (1988–90), Round the Bend (1989–91) and KYTV (1989–93). He made guest appearances in Blackadder as the painter Leonardo Acropolis, and in Shelley as pop star Hobo (with Hywel Bennett as James Shelley). Pope also appeared as Tony Angelino, the singing Dustman in the Only Fools and Horses episode "Stage Fright", in 1991.

Pope toured the UK as a member of the cast of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Series Live!, for which he is also musical director.[3] Pope portrayed several minor parts in the original radio series, as well as the more recent adaptations of the later novels.

Pope has regularly featured in the radio series Old Harry's Game (1995–2009), and today he performs regularly as a singer with the Thame Chamber Choir.[4]


With Richard Curtis, Pope co-wrote the Hee Bee Gee Bees' single "Meaningless Songs" (the B-side of which was "Posing in the Moonlight"), released in 1980 to parody the style of a series of disco hits by The Bee Gees. The Hee Bee Gee Bees went on to record two albums spoofing numerous acts including Eagles, Michael Jackson, The Police, Status Quo and Supertramp. Pope also wrote or co-wrote many comic songs for Not the Nine O'Clock News and Spitting Image, the latter of which included the British Number 1 hit single "The Chicken Song", for which Rob Grant and Doug Naylor wrote the lyrics. Along with Simon Franglen, Pope wrote the main theme for Round the Bend, a three-series children's comedy produced by Yorkshire Television for CITV, and later shown on Channel 4 and Nickelodeon.

Pope has also composed a large amount of music for radio and television, including the theme tunes for Through the Keyhole, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, KYTV, My Hero and Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul. He was the musical director and composer for The Fast Show, as well as the popular BBC children's programmes Words and Pictures, Fimbles and The Roly Mo Show. Pope also provided the voice for the characters of Yugo and Migo from The Roly Mo Show.

Pope has scored numerous dramas and comedy-dramas for television, including Ted & Ralph, Midnight Flight, Crazy for A Kiss, Hospital! and Margery & Gladys as well as the film Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000).

He was invited to arrange Snow Patrol's "Run 12" remixed by Jacknife Lee, to which he contributed additional guitar.

On 5 October 2004, Pope featured in an episode of the radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, entitled "Fit the Fifteenth", as one of three aliens from the planet of Krikkit. They sang a song called "Under the Ink Black Sky", which Pope wrote and performed.

On 13 February 2013, Pope and his wife Rosie appeared on ITV's From The Heart, a programme about organ donation and which featured their 20-year-old son Will, who was seriously unwell with a failing heart, had only months to live, and was in desperate need of heart transplantation. He finally obtained a new heart in a successful operation, and is now slowly being nursed back to health by his family.

In 2002, Pope and Jules de Jongh did stage productions with Iain Lauchlan at Imagine Theatre in Coventry.

In 2007, Pope composed the music for the radio adaptation Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and its sequel. [5]

In 2014, Pope appeared in The Life of Rock with Brian Pern as Mike Philips.


  1. ^ Philip Pope,
  2. ^ Philip Pope, Scottish Theatre Archive
  3. ^ [1], Stage show official site
  4. ^ [2],
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Comedy – Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency – Philip Pope". Retrieved 12 December 2020.