Caroline Frost

Seven Worlds, One Planet: The message in the magic

Behind the scenes of Seven Worlds, One Planet (Credit: BBC)

From the opening moments of Seven Worlds, One Planet we know that we’re in safe hands. Orchestral strings soar as a deserted, sun­dappled beach comes into view. Sir David Attenborough strides out across the sand, a big, warm coat the only concession to his 93 years.

With his unique authority, he introduces a montage of images drawn from seven continents to give us hints of the emotion-stirring, jaw-dropping stories to come. It is immediately clear that, once again, both Sir David and the BBC’s Natural History Unit have excelled themselves.

Jeff Pope reflects on his TV career in screenwriting

Martin Freeman in A Confession (Credit: ITV)

You could be forgiven for thinking that Jeff Pope was obsessed by the macabre. Why else would he be drawn to such odious topics as the Moors murders, serial killer Fred West or Britain’s last hangman, Albert Pierrepoint?

He puts it like this: “If drama is about conflict, which it is, you’re looking for the extremes of conflict. Those areas are love, fate and, I would argue, crime.

“I am not a depressive person or ghoulish but it’s the old journalist in me: there’s a good story in it.”

In conversation with Jeff Pope | Highlights

Writer Jeff Pope looks back at his career in television drama at the RTS event 'In conversation with Jeff Pope', chaired by journalist Caroline Frost.

Pope looks back at his hit series Fools Gold: The Story of the Brink’s Mat Robbery, Cilla and Little Boy Blue, as well as his upcoming series A Confession, starring Martin Freeman.

“In conversation with Jeff Pope” was held at King’s Place in central London on 29 August.