Connock left Ten Alps – the media group he founded with Sir Bob Geldof – under something of a cloud in 2011, but since his departure the company’s turnover has halved and its share price is down around 80%.

The 49-year-old moved on to production titan Shine, initially as director of new business but now as MD of its MediaCityUK-based Northern operation, Shine North. Commissions under his watch have included Geeks for E4 and it’s recently agreed an exclusive factual programming deal with Idris Elba’s production company.

Connock’s influence stretches wider however as chairman of the RTS in the North West and a host of academic institutions. He lives in Alderley Edge with his wife Sumi, ITV’s creative director of entertainment.