My name is Andrew Collins. I am a professional hyphenate. I write, mostly, but also talk, on the radio, mostly, but also in a live capacity at screenings, Q&As and corporate events. I have a weekly show on Classic FM, Saturday Night at the Movies, on which I play two hours of film scores. It is a joy. I reviewed TV for the Guardian website for almost five years, under the same brand as this blog, Telly Addict (which was first used for a monthly column about TV in the sadly missed Word magazine).
For the record, my family appeared as contestants on the sadly missed Telly Addicts quiz show on BBC1 in 1990, when I was 25. We got through to the semi-finals, but were knocked out by the Allmans. I wore oversized white trainers on each occasion, and hooded, “Madchester”-style tops, except for the semi, where I wore an NME t-shirt. I was on the staff of the paper in 1990, and Noel Edmonds asked me with a merry sneer, “Is that still going?”
Anyway, the name of the show stuck.
My television scriptwriting credits include: Family Affairs (Channel 5, 1997-99), EastEnders (BBC One 1999-2001), Grass with Simon Day (BBC3, BBC2, 2003), Mumbai Calling (ITV, 2008), Not Going Out with Lee Mack (BBC One, 2006-11), Gates (Sky Living, 2012) and Common Ground (Sky Atlantic, 2012). My television script-editing credits include: The Persuasionists (BBC Two, 2010), Little Crackers (Sky1, 2011), Badults (BBC3, 2013-14), Man Down (Channel 4, 2013), and Drifters (E4, 2014). I was a Script Consultant on the successful film The Inbetweeners 2. On radio, I wrote two series of my own comedy Mr Blue Sky for Radio 4, 2011-12. I remain super proud of that.
My IMDb entry, which is remarkably accurate except for two acting credits that are not me, is here.
My general blog, Never Knowingly Underwhelmed, which has been running since 2006, and these days mostly serves as an outlet for my toxic left-wing views (but also features some historical entries about TV), is here.
My “project” blog, The 143, an ongoing catalogue of my 143 favourite songs of all time (with no more than one entry per artist – I make the rules), is here.