Andrew Collins is a scriptwriter, journalist and broadcaster, in no particular order. Having learned his TV trade writing for Family Affairs and EastEnders, he has since co-written two sitcoms, Grass, with Simon Day (BBC3 and BBC2), and Not Going Out with Lee Mack (BBC1), which won the RTS Breakthrough Award and the Rose D'Or for Best Sitcom. Also, an episode of ITV1's Mumbai Calling.
He is the Film Editor of Radio Times, and writes for, among others, Word and the Times. He began his journalistic career at the NME, going on, via Select, to edit Q magazine and Empire.
Starting his radio career on the original 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 on Radio 1 (where the pair also co-hosted coverage of the Brits and the Mercury Prize) and went on to co-present Collins & Maconie's Movie Club on ITV. He is Mark Kermode's regular replacement on BBC News' Film 24.
Andrew hosted Radio 4's weekly film programme Back Row for two and a half years, and broadcast constantly on BBC 6 Music between its launch in 2003 and 2007. He presented topical comedy The Day The Music Died on Radio 2 and panel game Banter on Radio 4. He also co-wrote and performed Lloyd Cole Knew My Father with Stuart Maconie and David Quantick on stage in Edinburgh, London and Belfast, and for Radio 2. He is a regular contributor to Front Row on Radio 4, Richard Bacon's show and Simon Mayo's show on 5 Live, and Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch on Radio 2. He has presented a number of documentaries on Radios 2 and 4, including Send In The Clones, The G-Word and Shots From The Hip.
In addition to a trilogy of 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.
An in-demand "talking head" on TV, he has appeared on I Love The 80s, The Story Of Light Entertainment, 40 Years Of Fuck and British Film Forever. He also presented BBC4's Creating Life On Mars. He was a panellist on What The Dickens? and has appeared on a number of other shows once, including Newsnight Review,The One Show, and Richard & Judy. He quite likes this fact. (And his family were on Telly Addicts in 1990 and got through to the semi-finals.)
An Honorary Fellow of the University of Northampton and a patron of Thomas's Fund, a local Northampton charity, he lives in London and cares deeply about animals and birds.