The Liverpudlian writer is best known for his challenging, passionate work on films like Priest and TV dramas including Cracker, Hillsborough, The Lakes and The Street.
The more experienced the writer, the more hackneyed and clichéd the idea. They see what's on TV, they regurgitate what's on TV because that's what commissioning editors want.
In the full video, available to watch on BAFTA Guru, McGovern tells fellow writer Laurence Marks about his unique approach to making the critically-acclaimed 'The Street', working with people who had ideas for stories but in some cases had never written before. Two of the new writers, Alice Nutter and Arthur Ellison, join him for the BAFTA and North West Vision+Media event, held at FACT in Liverpool.