Stephen Kelly joined Granada Television as a Researcher in July 1978 after working as a political journalist with Tribune magazine. Over the next ten years most of his time was spent working on political programmes, the first of which was Granada’s weekly local politics show Reports Politics. That was a followed by a stint on Hypotheticals and then World In Action where he worked on an infamous show about Derek Hatton and Militant. He also worked on What The Papers Say and along with Gus Macdonald devised the Channel Four trade union programme Union World. He left in 1988 to pursue a career as a writer.