Former Coronation Street star Brian Capron, who soap fans will forever remember as serial killer Richard Hillman, is playing a headmaster in a new sitcom pilot.

Staff Room tells the story of Ian Butterworth (Ryan McDermott), a failed filmmaker who’s given up on his Hollywood dream to become a secondary school teacher.

Brian plays the school’s principal, Peter Kipling, a keen charity fundraiser who’s constantly pushing himself and his staff to do outrageous activities for good causes. But when Mr Butterworth ruins a sponsored silence, a more sinister side to Mr Kipling emerges as he calls in local bully ‘Psycho’ (Ciaran Griffiths, The Bill, Shameless) to exact revenge.

Only a pilot episode has been made so far, by the Salford-based Gone Shootin’ Films, but negotiations are underway as to which channel will broadcast the pilot and proposed series.

Also starring in the comedy are DJ Pat Sharp, who’s appearing in the school musical production of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, while Charlotte Dawson, daughter of late comedian Les Dawson, makes her comedy debut as sexy Home Economics teacher Katie Dawson.

Watch a clip from the pilot episode of Staff Room: