Andrew Collins is an award-winning scriptwriter, journalist and broadcaster. His weekly review of TV for The Guardian Online and later UKTV – Telly Addict – was extremely popular throughout 2016 and reinforced Andrew’s status as a highly-regarded authority in the TV industry. In March 2015, he began hosting Saturday Night at the Movies for Classic FM, which is on every Saturday at 4pm. He also regularly chairs screenings and Q&As, 2016 alone including his appearance at the Peaky Blinders premiere, the release of Black Mirror, and the BBC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He 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”. His first sitcom, Grass, written with star Simon Day, aired on BBC2 in 2003, and he co-originated and co-wrote Series One 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 has acted as Script Consultant for film and TV, with his credits including The Inbetweeners 2, and he was 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’s other writing credits include: Family Affairs (Channel Five); EastEnders (BBC One) . His hosting/presenting credits include: BBC Radio 4’s weekly film programme Back Row; 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 has presented and fronted multiple radio comedy series such as The Day The Music Died (BBC Radio 2) and panel Banter (BBC Radio 4), as well as Radio 4 documentaries including: Send In The Clones, Shots From The Hip, The G-Word, 3D In Perspective and Oscar Sings.