Jeff Pope

Winners of 2017 RTS North West awards announced

Kim Marsh at the RTS North West awards 2017 (Credit: RTS/Andrew Farrington)

The drama about the murder of 11 year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool in 2007 was named the region’s Best Drama, Jeff Pope was awarded the Best Script Writer award and Sinead Keenan won the prize for Best Performance in a drama.

More than 450 industry professionals and guests attended the awards ceremony, which was held at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester and hosted by Robert Rinder from ITV court show, Judge Rinder.

ITV commissions Hatton Garden drama

Hatton Garden will depict the jewellery and cash burglary which took place in the heart of London’s diamond district, which was carried out by an elderly gang of career criminals across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in April 2015.

The drama tells the inside story of how the men pulled off the heist which was considered in a league of its own in terms of scale and ambition.

The level of planning, preparation and organisation that was required to pull off the crime to get into the vault of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company was one like no other. 

Jeff Pope on his new drama Little Boy Blue

Interviewed by journalist Mark Lawson, Pope discussed his career, which, as a writer and producer, has seen him win BAFTAs for See No Evil: The Moors Murderers and the film, Philomena. His credits also include Appropriate Adult about serial killers Fred and Rose West. 

Pope’s latest project is the heart-rending Little Boy Blue, which tells the story of the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, an innocent victim of gang conflict in Liverpool.