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Andrew Collins (broadcaster) : biography

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Andrew Collins (born 4 March 1965) is the creator and writer of Radio 4 sitcom Mr Blue Sky. BBC website His TV writing work includes EastEnders and the sitcoms Grass (which he co-wrote with Simon Day) and Not Going Out (which he initially co-wrote with Lee Mack). Agent's website, retrieved June 2011 Never Knowingly Underwhelmed, website He has also worked as a music, TV and film critic.

Personal life

Collins was a member of the Labour Party between the late 1980s and early 1990s, leaving after Labour's defeat in the 1992 General Election. Never Knowingly Underwhelmed blog entry, September 2008

In 2007, he was made patron of Thomas's Fund, Thomas's Fund website, retrieved 15 June 2009 a Northampton-based music therapy charity for children with life-limiting illnesses.

Mr Blue Sky

Collins' first solo comedy, Mr Blue Sky, for BBC Radio 4 starred Mark Benton and Rebecca Front and aired in May and June 2011. It was recommissioned for a second series in 2012. It focused on Harvey Easter (Benton), an eternally optimistic man in his 40s and his more realistic wife Jax, and the rest of the family including son Robbie and grandmother Lou.

Miranda Sawyer found the show "charms" and praised Benton's "lovely" performance. The List gave it 3/5, calling it "warmly cosy". The Guardian found it "full of warm, nicely observed lines".


  • Still Suitable for Miners: Billy Bragg: The Authorised Biography (2002, rev. ed.), ISBN 0-7535-0691-2
  • Friends Reunited: Remarkable Real Life Stories from the Nation's Favourite Website (2003), ISBN 1-85227-039-X (ed.)
  • Where Did It All Go Right?: Growing Up Normal in the 70s (2003), ISBN 0-09-188667-8
  • Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now: My Difficult Student 80s (2004), ISBN 0-09-189691-6
  • That's Me in the Corner: Adventures of an Ordinary Boy in a Celebrity World (2007), ISBN 0-09-189786-6
  • Dads (2008), Contributor, (Edited by Sarah Brown and Gil McNeil) Ebury ISBN 0091922720 ISBN 978-0091922726
  • Shouting at the Telly (2009), Contributor, (Edited by John Grindrod) Faber and Faber ISBN 0-571-24802-0 ISBN 978-0571248025
  • Modern Delight (2009), Contributor, Faber and Faber ISBN 0571251250 ISBN 978-0571251254
  • Grandparents: A Celebration (2009), Contributor, (Edited by Sarah Brown and Gil McNeil) Ebury ISBN 0091930782 ISBN 978-0091930783

CDs & DVDs

  • Where Did It All Go Right?: Growing Up Normal in the 70s (2009) CD
  • Collings and Herrin: The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire (and Water) (2009) CD
  • Collings and Herrin: War and Peace, Crime and Punishment (2010) CD/DVD
  • Secret Dancing (2010) DVD

He is also makes appearances on the following Go Faster Stripe DVDs.

  • Oh Fuck, I’m 40 (2008) DVD
  • Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People (2009) CD
  • The Headmaster’s Son (2010) DVD
  • Hitler Moustache (2010) DVD
  • Christ on a Bike (2011) DVD

Current work

Collins is the film editor for the Radio Times. Radio Times website, retrieved 18 June 2009

He co-wrote the first series of the sitcom Not Going Out IMDB, retrieved 15 June 2009 for BBC One with Lee Mack, and co-wrote various episodes for the second, third and fourth series. The fifth was the first series he did not work on.

Collins presented a Saturday morning radio show with Josie Long on BBC Radio 6 Music between July and December 2011.


Collins started his career as a music journalist, writing for the NME, Vox, Select and Q (where was editor, 1995–97). He also wrote for and edited film magazine Empire in 1995. He formed a double-act with fellow music journalist Stuart Maconie, presenting the Sony Award-winning BBC Radio 1 show Collins and Maconie's Hit Parade, after forging their style on a daily comedy strand on Mark Goodier's BBC Radio 1 drivetime show, and Collins & Maconie's Movie Club on ITV.

In 1998, Collins published his first book, Still Suitable for Miners, an authorised biography of the singer/songwriter Billy Bragg. The book was updated in 2002 and again in 2007. Andrew Collins website

Collins often appeared on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 list shows, including the popular I Love the '80s programme. He stated on BBC Three's The Most Annoying TV Programmes We Love to Hate that he had appeared on 37 such list shows, and that this would be his last one. He subsequently appeared on Heroes Unmasked on BBC Three. He devoted a full chapter to the experience of appearing as a talking head on such shows in his third volume of autobiography, That's Me in the Corner.

He has written three volumes of autobiography, humorous accounts of "growing up [to be] normal" in 1970s Northampton, struggling with art school in London in the 1980s, and forging a media career in the 1980s and 1990s: Where Did It All Go Right? (2003) (a Sunday Times and Smith's bestseller), Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (2004) and That's Me in the Corner (which draws its title from a line from the R.E.M. song "Losing My Religion") published in May 2007.

He produced a regular (generally weekly) podcast, the Collings & Herrin with comedian Richard Herring, which began in February 2008 British Comedy Guide website, retrieved 13 June 2011 and was named Podcast of the Week in the Times in July 2008. The Times newspaper, July 2008 It was on hiatus from June 2011 only restarting 4 November 2011. The lull was due to what Herring joked was "Collins' duplicitous careerism". Richard Herring's "Warming Up" blog, retrieved 22 July 2011 Herring announced that the November podcast would most likely be the last, as Collins had lost enthusiasm for it.

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