Veteran writer Hugh Stuckey, who wrote for IMT, I Dream of Jeannie & Neighbours, has died, aged 89.
Stuckey was a lover of great comedy, first working in radio and stage. During World War II he gave 350 comedy performances for the Australian troops before writing for ABC Radio, Radio 3DB and 3AW.
In he 1950s he wrote scripts for The Cadbury Show, In Sydney Tonight and became head writer for In Melbourne Tonight with Graham Kennedy.
In the 1960s he wrote 46 one hour episodes of The Delo & Daly Show before heading to the US to write for Desilu Productions learning directly from the writers of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Danny Thomas Show and The Andy Griffith Show. In the US he would later write for Bewitched, The Flying Nun, I Dream of Jeannie & Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. In the UK he wrote for The Two Ronnies, Dave Allen at Large, The Dick Emery Show, The Bill, Moon and Son and Frankie’s On.
In Australia his credits included Time for Terry, The Jimmy Hannan Show, The Tony Hancock Special, Neighbours, The Restless Years, A Country Practice, The Adventures of Blinky Bill and Blue Heelers.
Stuckey was a founding member and life member of the Australian Writers’ Guild, receiving the Fred Parsons Award for his lifetime contribution to Australian comedy in 2005.
He also lectured at the Film and Television School and at RMIT Screenwriting, where I remember his classes embracing Seinfeld, Frasier and classic Hollywood sitcoms.
Source: Australian Writers Guild