Robert Lord was writing full time at a point when few Kiwi playwrights made a living from their work. In 1988 he turned his play Bert and Maisy into a television series. He also had scriptwriting credits on TV's Peppermint Twist and big screen period drama Pictures. Lord's classic play Joyful and Triumphant was dramatised for television in 1993, soon after his death at age 46.
The worst sitcom from America we see here is one of 20 that have got onto the American screens in any given season out of about 1000 that began in the typewriters, 500 that were selected for development, 100 that eventually had pilots made and 50 that were commissioned. Robert Lord on the competitive nature of scriptwriting, OnFilm, December 1987, page 49