Andrew Collins is an award-winning scriptwriter, journalist and broadcaster. His weekly review of TV for The Guardian Online – Telly Addict – is extremely popular and has reinforced Andrew’s status as a highly-regarded authority in the TV industry. He also regularly chairs screenings and Q&As throughout the year, including at the Peaky Blinders premiere and the release of Black Mirror, as well as making regular appearances at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. In March 2015, he began hosting Saturday Night at the Movies for Classic FM.
Andrew has acted as Script Consultant for film and TV, including on the hotly anticipated sequel to the smash hit, record-breaking film The Inbetweeners. Andrew also acted as script editor on series two of Badults (BBC Three), having previously worked on a successful series one. He also worked on the second series of Drifters (E4).
Andrew is the creator and sole writer of Mr Blue Sky (BBC Radio 4), which was described by The Observer as “a lovely series that got better as it went along” and The Daily Telegraph said, “Funny? Well, yes. Andrew Collins understands people.”
His first sitcom, Grass, written with star Simon Day, aired on BBC2 in 2003, and he co-originated and co-wrote series 1 of hit BBC sitcom Not Going Out with Lee Mack, through which he won the Breakthrough Award at the Royal Television Society Awards and the Rose D’Or for Best Sitcom.
He began his journalistic career at the NME, going on to edit Q Magazine and Empire. Moving to radio on the original BBC Radio Five, he was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award for his first series with Stuart Maconie, Fantastic Voyage. He won a Sony Gold for Collins & Maconie’s Hit Parade (BBC Radio 1) and went on to co-present Collins & Maconie’s Movie Club (ITV).
Andrew was one of the first scriptwriters on Family Affairs (Channel Five), following which he moved to EastEnders (BBC One) where he was a regular writer for three years. He hosted BBC Radio 4’s weekly film programme Back Row and presented a daily show, Teatime (BBC 6Music) between its launch in 2002 and 2005, and a weekend show until 2007; he still appears regularly on the network.
He fronted topical comedy The Day The Music Died (BBC Radio 2) for six series and panel game Banter (BBC Radio 4) for three. He has also presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4, including Send In The Clones,Shots From The Hip, The G-Word, 3D In Perspective and Oscar Sings.
He also co-wrote and performed Lloyd Cole Knew My Father on stage in Edinburgh, Belfast and London, and for Radio 2. In 2010, as well as a number of sell-out live shows with Richard Herring, Andrew performed solo at the Edinburgh Fringe with Secret Dancing, a sell-out which later became a DVD.
In addition to a trilogy of bestselling humorous memoirs, Where Did It All Go Right?, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now and That’s Me In The Corner, Andrew is the author of Still Suitable For Miners, the official biography of Billy Bragg, and the official story of Friends Reunited.
Over the years, Andrew has built up a particularly stellar portfolio of interviewees. As a music writer and editor for NME and Q magazine he interviewed Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Blur and Bob Geldof. At Empire magazine, he spoke to Robert Duvall, John Cleese, Samuel L Jackson and the late Robin Williams. Over 15 years as Film Editor at Radio Times, he’s interviewed Steve Coogan, John Peel and the casts of Star Wars, Cold Feet and Peaky Blinders. On BBC radio and Classic FM, he’s interviewed Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, David Lynch, Kevin Costner, Matt Damon, Sir Michael Caine, Woody Allen and Spinal Tap. A regular deputy of Mark Kermode on the BBC News Film Review, Andrew’s film knowledge has seen him host packed live events such as screening and Q&As at the BFI and BAFTA, Edinburgh TV Festival and the Guardian, quizzing such heavyweights as Kiefer Sutherland, Terry Gilliam, Michael Moore, Simon Pegg and Christopher Guest, as well as the cast of Spaced, Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffat, magician Dynamo and the makers of Lost. Comfortable around talent at all levels, Andrew puts his subjects at ease and uses humour and a deep knowledge of film, comedy, TV and music to provide an entertaining forum for both subject and audience.
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