Luckily he [Spielberg] and the folks who run his company responded to it so we hired a showrunner named Greg Walker and by the end of July we were pitching it to nine different places before we ultimately sold it straight to series at CBS, on my 40th birthday. It’s been a blur ever since.

“To be fair, I think the British Film Industry is more aware of this than Hollywood which is possibly why there is growing interest in screenplays written by people of a certain age. Something which brings me nicely back to my previous point about experience and authenticity.

Personally, I’d be more than happy to carry on writing within the ‘age’ genre for as long as someone would want to employ me.”