McGovern, who turns 65 in September, continues to create powerful drama that maintains his place as arguably the region’s most recognisable – and internationally successful – TV writer and producer.

Moving On, produced by Liverpool-based LA Productions, returned for a fifth series over the winter and became the first drama to premiere on the BBC iPlayer. Common, a devastating film about the controversial Joint Enterprise Law, hit primetime BBC One on Sunday and filming for an epic 18th-century convict drama, Banished, has recently taken place in Sydney ahead of transmission next year. The self-confessed “grafter” shows no sign of slowing up just yet.