The growing importance of quality home-grown drama to the BBC was emphasised this week by Martin’s appointment, one of three new regional drama heads for the Beeb.

A development executive for BBC Drama North since joining the corporation in 2008 – setting up its in-house drama department under Phil Collinson – she has since developed programmes including the Preston Passion and The Secret of Crickley Hall. The Manchester University graduate has also been a producer at ITV, worked in the commissioning department at Sky 1 and script edited shows such as A&E, No Angels and Linda Green, and was executive producer on the BAFTA-winning In The Flesh.