In 1995 Peter produced
for the Nine Network the hugely succesful 50 Fantastic Years specials and
Salute to Australians at War minutes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
the end of World War II. In 1996 he rejoined the Seven Network to help create
and present Where Are They Now? which became one of the big successes of the
1996 television season. Peter has written ten books which have sold more than
300,000 copies - a big achievement in a country of only 20m. Among his best
sellers have been This Fabulous Century and Australian Icons which was accompanied
by a popular exhibition at Sydney's Hyde Park Barracks.
Luck was a member of the original This Day Tonight team in the 60s, which included Bill Peach, Gerald Stone and Mike Willesee. He helped set the pattern for the nightly current affairs shows which Australians now regard as part of their way of life. He has also been a reporter on ABC TV's Four Corners and for two years, was Executive Producer of Channel Nine's Sunday program. In 1972, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study advanced film production techniques in England, France, Sweden and the United States. His documentaries on Joern Utzon, designer of Sydney's Opera House, the drought and the Aboriginal murderer and author, Kevin Gilbert, were highly commended at film festivals, including Cannes.
Peter is best known, however, as a popular historian. In 1979, he was executive producer, co-writer and presenter of This Fabulous Century a 36-part television series, which told the story of Australia in the 20th century using archival film and interviews with 300 significant Australians. The series topped the ratings for nearly a year, and won a Logie in 1980. The series was re-made in 1999 and won the ratings again. Peter also produced and presented the opening night block-buster for Australia's multicultural television network, SBS. The program, Who Are We? traced the history of immigration in Australia. Peter has written ten books - his latest is 50 Years of Australian Television - an insider's view, published by New Holland in 2006.