Jeff Pope

In conversation with Jeff Pope

Starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, A Confession, is based on the true story of Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, who breached police protocol to catch a killer, costing him his career.

As the writer of dramas including Mrs BiggsLittle Boy Blue and Cilla, Jeff will also discuss highlights from his award-winning career. Filled with clips and stories, this promises to be an evening not to be missed.

BBC One confirms premiere for new factual drama Four Lives

Writers Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, the duo behind The Moorside and Appropriate Adult, will shed new light on the story by shifting the perspective to the friends and families of the four young men who were killed by Port.

The police investigation into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor was widely condemned, and forced their relatives to take the case into their own hands.

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 | Full video

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 RobberyCilla 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. 

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. 

Jeff Pope discusses writing drama and looks back at his life in TV

Caroline Frost and Jeff Pope (Credit: Phil Lewis/Media24)

Speaking to the RTS he said: “It meant that people came to me with their ideas. Steve Coogan came to me with Philomena (Coogan and Pope’s screenplay was nominated for an Oscar and won best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival).

“Success gets you meetings, but it still doesn’t get something past the finishing line if it’s not good enough…It also means you can be more ambitious and more expansive.”

Martin Freeman on storytelling, Sherlock and his new drama A Confession

Although he assures me he’s “too old to play Tim [again]”, you can see the similarities he shares with his famous character.

He is affable and self-deprecating, joking that he thinks the real Steve Fulcher, who he plays in upcoming ITV drama A Confession, was happy for him to play him - although might have wished for “someone taller, maybe?”

With more than 80 film and TV credits to his name, Freeman has starred in everything from cult classic TV series to huge blockbuster franchises.

First look at Sheridan Smith in new Jeff Pope drama

Sheridan Smith as Sarah Sak in The Barking Murders (w/t) (Credit: BBC)

The factual drama focuses on the families of the victims of serial killer and rapist Stephen Port (Stephen Merchant), and their fight to find the truth about what happened to Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor.

Now a widely criticised police investigation, the series will shed new light on the case and tell the story from the perspective of the victims’ families including Anthony Walgate’s mother Sarah Sak (Sheridan Smith) and Jack Taylor’s sister Donna Taylor (Jaime Winstone).