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Jeff Pope, the British TV producer and screenwriter who picked up an Oscar nomination for his adaptation of Philomena alongside Steve Coogan, will be honored with a special award at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards.
The award, last presented in honor of Alan Clarke in 2009, will recognize Pope’s creative contribution to television, which dates back to the early 1980s. Currently head of ITV Production Factual Drama, Pope has produced and written acclaimed British series, including Mo, Appropriate Adult and this year’s BAFTA-nominated biopic Cilla. He previously won a BAFTA for See No Evil: The Moors Murders in 2007, and was also nominated in 2001 for My Beautiful Son, and again in 2004 for Dirty Filthy Love.
“Jeff’s career has been outstanding,” said Andrew Newman, chairman of BAFTA’s TV committee. “Starting out as a researcher on factual programs 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 honors the remarkable breadth and quality of his work.”
Added Pope: “Alan Clarke was a hero of mine and I am delighted to have been honored with this award in his name. Writing is all about facing down the tyranny of the blank screen, but my message to all aspiring writers is that once you’ve hit that first key, you discover it’s really not so difficult as you’d imagined.”
The BAFTA TV Awards will be held May 10.
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