Roberts worked as a producer on programmes including Children’s Ward, The Krypton Factor, Emmerdale and Coronation Street, overseeing some of the latter’s most successful storylines including the Richard Hillman serial killer plot, which peaked with 19.4m viewers.

Since 2005 he has been running ITV Studios’ Manchester drama department, and has also returned to Weatherfield as executive producer. Born in Guyana and raised in the South of England, Roberts moved to Manchester in the 80s. One of his main concerns over the last year has been ensuring the smooth transition to Corrie’s new £10m base at MediaCityUK.