Stuart has worked in television since he left Newcastle University in 1974 (sic) where he studied Anglo-Saxon as a modern language. He joined the BBC as a journalist and on-screen reporter, and was briefly famous in the north-east - even once hosting an entertainment spectacular in Blyth. He went on to produce and edit ITV's World In Action current affairs series, and was ITV's first Commissioning Editor for Factual programmes. He was nominated for the BAFTA and had to try to look happy when he didn't win it, but was consoled by winning the RTS award for Best Factual Series. Stuart was eventually enticed to wear a suit, and rose through the ranks to become Chief Executive of ITV. He left in 2002 to set up an independent production company, Liberty Bell, where he originated and produced shows like the (various) Grumpies, Three Men in a Boat, the Alastair Campbell Diaries and many many more. Then twelve years ago he joined with friends to establish StoryVault Films, which makes terrific factual programmes for all the decent channels. . These days he does a lot of writing, which you can find out more about elsewhere on this site.