Andrew Collins

scriptwriter, journalist, author, critic and broadcaster

Andrew Collins biography

Andrew Collins is an award-winning scriptwriter, journalist, author, critic and broadcaster whose hit BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out (co-written with star Lee Mack) won the Breakthrough Award at the Royal Television Society Awards and the Rose D’Or for Best Sitcom. He wrote two series of Mr Blue Sky for BBC Radio 4, and an episode of Common Ground with Simon Day for Sky Atlantic. He was a script consultant on the hit movie The Inbetweeners 2 and was a regular scriptwriter on EastEnders. He has written three volumes of autobiography, Where Did It All Go Right?, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now and That’s Me In The Corner, as well as musician Billy Bragg’s official biography.

He began his career in music journalism at the NME, going on to edit Q magazine and Empire. On radio, he was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award for his comedy series with Stuart Maconie, Fantastic Voyage, on the original Radio Five. He won a Sony Gold for Collins & Maconie’s Hit Parade on Radio 1 and went on to co-present Collins & Maconie’s Movie Club on ITV. He was the ‘Teatime’ presenter on BBC 6 Music from its launch and broadcast regularly on the station for over ten years. He hosted BBC Radio 4’s weekly film programme Back Row.

He is currently the film editor of Radio Times, a weekly TV critic for The Guardian and presents Saturday Night At The Movies on Classic FM.