An honorary life member of the Australian Writers' Guild, Hugh Stuckey has worked on such programs as In Melbourne Tonight, The Gordon Chater Show (1968), A Country Practice (1981-85), Glenview High(1977), Hey Dad (1988-89), Blue Heelers (1994) and Neighbours (1996-01). His career has also seen him work successfully overseas, with his credits including a number of British and American television shows. One of his most popular series was the 1977 situation comedy No Appointment Necessary (starring Roy Kinnear) which was broadcast throughout the United Kingdom by the BBC. Other popular UK comedy shows with which he has been associated include The Two Ronnies (1971) and The Howerd Confessions (1976).
In addition to his television comedy/drama scripts Stuckey has written short documentaries, promotional films and advertisements for a diverse range of organisations, including Australian folk/pop band The Seekers (The Seekers Down Under and The Seekers at Home), two television specials from the 1960s; the Australian Dairy Produce Board (Once Upon a Cheese), a promotional film explaining how Australian cheeses complement Australian wines (ca. 1970s); pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp and Dohme (Prostate Disease and Suffer in Silence, ca. 1994); and the Disability Programs Division of the Department of Human Services and Health (Continence Aids Assistance Scheme, ca. 1995).
Over the years, Stuckey has also written comic material for Australian comedians including Graham Kennedy, Joff Allen, Rosie Sturgess, Bert Newton and Americans Dick Van Dyke and Andy Griffiths. He also wrote much of the material for British comedian Tony Hancock's 1972 Australian TV special.
A character-based television drama series about the lives of police officers in the fictitious Australian country town of Mt Thomas, this series began with the arrival of Constable Maggie Doyle (Lisa McCune) to the Mt Thomas station in the episode 'A Woman's Place'. Doyle and avuncular station boss Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon (John Wood) were the core characters of the series until the departure of Lisa McCune.
Immensely popular for a decade, Blue Heelers was cancelled in 2006 after thirteen seasons. The announcement was front-page news in Australia's major newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney's Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun and The Age in Melbourne, and Brisbane's Courier Mail.
On June 8, 2006 Ross Warneke wrote in The Age:
'It's over and, to be perfectly blunt, there's no use lamenting the demise of Blue Heelers any more. When the final movie-length episode aired on Channel Seven on Sunday night, 1.5 million Australians tuned in, a figure that was big enough to give the show a win in its timeslot but nowhere near big enough to pay the sort of tribute that this writer believes Heelers deserved after more than 500 episodes.It is unlikely there will be anything like it again. At almost $500,000 an hour, shows such as Blue Heelers are quickly becoming the dinosaurs of Australian TV.'
A daily television drama series set in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough, Neighbours chronicles the lives of the residents of Ramsay Street. The series initially revolved around three families: the Ramsays (at number 24 Ramsay Street), the Robinsons (at number 26), and the Clarkes (at number 28). The scope of the series has since broadened to include new Ramsay Street familes.