Stuart began his career as a BBC graduate journalist trainee and was an on-and off-screen journalist for BBC News and Granada Television. He went on to become a Producer and then Editor of ITV’s investigative current affairs series World in Action; the series was nominated for a BAFTA in his second year.
Stuart was appointed Head of Factual programmes at Granada and went on to become ITV’s first controller of factual programmes, with responsibility for news, current affairs, documentaries, features, daytime, arts and religion on the channel. Stuart launched the Network First series, which won the RTS award for Best Factual Series and was nominated by BAFTA in the same category.
He then became the founding CEO of Granada Sky Broadcasting, and Managing Director of Channels and New Media for Granada Media PLC. Following this he was appointed CEO of ITV Digital and in 2002 he took over as CEO of ITV, where he was responsible to shareholders for Europe’s most successful commercial TV channel.
Stuart was one of the founders of Liberty Bell Productions, where his programme credits include the various “Grumpy” series, 3 Men in a Boat, Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory, the Alastair Campbell Diaries, The Book Show and Songbook. He sold Liberty Bell to Avalon and in 2011 started Storyvault Films.
Stuart is also the founder of a website designed to collect individual memories that can be found at www.storyvault.com. He has published five comedy books, Grumpy Old Men, the Official Handbook; Grumpy Old Men, The Secret Diary; Grumpy Old Christmas, Grumpy Old Drivers and Grumpy Old Workers, as well as a book about the Falklands War entitled ‘Secrets of the Conqueror’ published by Faber and Faber. His latest novel, The Insect Farm, is published by Alma Books in the UK and by Mulholland Books in the United States.