BIOGRAPHY AND BACKGROUND
Andrew Collins is an award-winning scriptwriter, journalist and broadcaster.
His work includes a column for The Guardian Online – Telly Addict – 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 for Channel 4's 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 also the creator of radio drama 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.
In addition to a trio of best-selling 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.
As a music journalist he has interviewed Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Blur and Bob Geldof and as a film writer his interviewees have included 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.
Andrew gives a fascinating insight into his working life as a famous novelist, TV and radio script writer, journalist and, most recently, his new role presenting Classic FM's Saturday Night at the Movies programme.