Jeff Pope

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Jeff Pope
Jeff Pope - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Jeff Pope in 2015
OccupationTelevision 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.


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.

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 and 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 2015, Pope's contributions were recognised when he received a special BAFTA award in 2015.


  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.

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