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Jo’s work



Jo has produced two series of ITV’s popular show MANHUNT, dramatising two high-profile police investigations by DCI Colin Sutton, played by Martin Clunes. 

More of Jo’s work

Life isn’t all ha ha hee hee
life isn't all haha hee hee

Jo produced this Meera Syal 3parter for Hattrick/BBC1.

Birds of a Feather
Birds of a feather

Jo produced the revamp of BIRDS OF A FEATHER for ITV. It was a big ratings success.

Puppy Love
puppy love

Jo produced this comedy for BBC4 starring Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine.

Brief Encounters

Jo produced this six-part series for ITV, which aired in July/August 2016 and was a big ratings success.

Dani’s house
Danis room still

Jo produced this children’s series starring Dani Harmer for RDF/CBBC in 2011.


Sarah Siddons: the first celebrity actress
Pleased to announce my biography of the actress Sarah Siddons is published 30 May 2024. Sarah had shot to fame relatively recently when Gainsborough painted her as a society beauty rather than a wo…
The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu: Scientist and Feminist
300 years ago, in April 2021, a smallpox epidemic was raging in England. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu knew that she could save her three year-old daughter using the process of inoculation. She had wit…

Jo Willett

After a career as one of the UK’s best-known and most experienced freelance producers of TV comedy and drama, Jo has begun a second career writing historical biographies. Her first book, The pioneering life of Mary Wortley Montagu, was published in March 2021.

Her second book Sarah Siddons: The First Celebrity Actress will be published in May 2024 by Pen & Sword Books.

Her TV career began on a then-new soap opera called Eastenders, before going on to executive produce series such as Pie in the Sky and Love Hurts. She won a BAFTA for A Rather English Marriage and an Emmy for Dirty Tricks. She produced the revival of the hit comedy Birds of a Feather for Retort/ITV and the series Brief Encounters for CPL/ITV.

More recently she produced two series of the popular, award-winning show Manhunt for Buffalo Pictures/ITV. 

The pioneering life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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Stuart Rock in garden

Stuart’s work

Government campaigns: Business is GREAT

Between 2013-2015, Stuart was the editor-in-chief of this hugely successful coalition Government campaign focused on small to medium-sized enterprises. 

Real Deals

Stuart was a co-founder and former editorial director of the private equity title Real Deals

Real Business

Stuart was a co-founder and editorial director of Real Business in 1997. It was the UK’s first magazine written specifically for entrepreneurs and directors of growing businesses. 


Stuart was editor of the IoD magazine Director between 1989 to 1996.

Stuart Rock

For more than 30 years, Stuart has edited and written award-winning content – from books and magazines to articles and tweets. Read more about his current work on the Business page.

Conference chair

Chairing a conference requires careful preparation, good humour and being a stickler for time-keeping.

Stuart has chaired scores of conferences in his career, which have ranged from a networking event on a Virgin Train from Birmingham International to Euston for the Business is GREAT campaign to, more recently, the Zoom iteration of the ACG UK annual Economic & Political Outlook 2021 conference.

Awards compere

A business awards ceremony needs many things: slick organisation, a quality venue, generous sponsors and supportive partners, and a compere who can communicate the achievements of all the contestants – not just the winners – with warmth and intelligence. And the whole show needs to run on time. Stuart has been hosting business award ceremonies since the mid-1990s, such as the 2019 Heropreneurs Awards.

Awards creator

Stuart helped to create, run and host many publications, conferences and awards events. These include The First Women Awards in partnership with the CBI; the Women of the Future Awards and the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in partnership with their founder Pinky Lilani; and the Growing Business Awards. He has worked with the charity Heropreneurs to create and host the Heropreneurs Awards.

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