A script editor on Coronation Street at the age of just 24 – when all the writers were former Manchester Evening News sports journalists, he once said – Burnley-born Abbott has gone on to become one of the leading screenwriters of his generation.

An 11th and final series of Shameless, the Channel 4 drama that he’s probably best known for, aired last year, and the 54-year-old now spends half the year in Los Angeles with his own production company, Abbottvision.

Next up will be No Offence, an eight-part Manchester-based police drama for Channel 4 that he says will mix “cop drama, family saga and social mayhem”. Given he was abandoned by both parents by the time he was 11 and brought up by his pregnant 16-year-old sister, Abbott seems to be drawing from experience again.