John Bishop's Britain

COMEDIAN John Bishop is to star in BBC1’s hard-hitting drama Accused.

The award-winning stand-up plays a troubled father called Peter in the second series of Jimmy McGovern’s show.

Liverpool-born John, 44, said he was “made up” to land the role in an episode of the new four-part series which begins filming this weekend.

Robson Green as Rob Scotcher

ROBSON Green went to school just up the road from me. He was at Seaton Burn High just after I left my Sixth Form to embark on a career in journalism.

I met up again with Robson recently and asked him if he had ever gone back to his old school.

“No. I think there’s always something wrong about that. It’s just weird,” he replied.

“When I was there, you’d get guys and girls who had left and they’d hang around the gates, for some unknown reason.

“I couldn’t think of a worse thing to do, other than being invited and talk to the kids. But not to hang around. Definitely not.”