Cilla writer Jeff Pope to receive Bafta Special Award

The writer and producer also behind Philomena, Mrs Biggs and See No Evil: The Moors Murders will be recognised for the "remarkable breadth and quality of his work"


Jeff Pope will be honoured with the Special Award at the Bafta Television Awards next weekend.


Bafta announced today that the writer and producer would be celebrated for the “remarkable breadth and quality of his work”, including the 2013 film Philomena, for which he won a Bafta for best adapted screenplay, and mini-series Cilla, which is nominated this year. 

Pope also won a Bafta in 2007 for See No Evil: The Moors Murders, a drama about the killings carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the 1960s, and also wrote the critically acclaimed Mrs Biggs, Mo, and Appropriate Adult.

Andrew Newman, chairman of BAFTA’s television committee, said: “Jeff’s career has been outstanding. Starting out as a researcher on factual programmes he has since gone onto become head of factual drama at ITV Studios, where he has written and produced a series of award-winning works in both television and film. Jeff is one of the finest exponents of his craft and this Special Award honours the remarkable breadth and quality of his work.”

Pope said he’d been “lucky enough to work with some extraordinarily talented people” and that writing was “all about facing down the tyranny of the blank screen”.

The British Academy Television Awards will be hosted by Graham Norton at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, and broadcast on BBC1 on Sunday 10th May at 8pm.  


Cilla is up against Sherlock, Game of Thrones, The Missing, Strictly Come Dancing, The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing for this year’s Radio Times Audience Award. Vote for your favourite here