Peter was born in South Shields just before the last knockings of the fifties and studied at the local Grammar School before going to university in Manchester. He worked as journalist in newspapers before switching to current affairs broadcasting at London Weekend Television in the late Eighties.
Peter returned to his native North East when he joined Tyne Tees Television as a programme researcher. He began producing in 1990 and after working on a wide range of regional and network programmes, he joined the management team, becoming Director of Programmes in 1996.
After a short spell as Managing Director of Zenith North, he set up his own production company making shows for Tyne Tees, Yorkshire TV and Granada as well as educational and promotional video projects.
As well as numerous articles and features, Peter has written a novel, Jack High, featuring the characters created by his father, James Mitchell, in the TV series When The Boat Comes In, two stage plays and a series of audio dramas.
He is currently chief executive of the Road To Recovery Trust, a charity based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and is working on a non-fiction book about addiction.