Collinson, 43, was initially an actor but joined Granada to become a script editor and writer for the likes of Emmerdale and Peak Practice. He subsequently moved into production and after joining the BBC in the early 2000s, was the producer on Doctor Who when the show was revived in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the title role.

He went on to spend two years as head of drama, Manchester, before leaving the Beeb to produce Coronation Street, being known for explosive storylines that included the “tram crash” live 50th anniversary episode in December 2010.

Since leaving the soap in 2012 he has stayed with the broadcaster, working with ITV Studios creative director Kieran Roberts on the development of new dramas.