Mr Blue Sky - In The Press
I am still a little worried that Harvey Easter, the indefatigably cheery protaganist of Mr Blue Sky, will someday soon rip the mask of optimism from his face and go on a killing rampage, starting with his live-in son-in-law-to-be. As this young man, a grimestep DJ who is paid in energy drinks and therefore returns to the Easter household at 5am on a Red Bull high, is called Kill-R, it will give Harvey the opportunity to snarl: "Who's the killer now?" as he takes aim.
RT's film editor opens up about the series he hopes will get families gathering around the wireless again.
Written by Andrew Collins. The Radio Times, 9th April 2012
Second season of Andrew Collins' warmly cosy Radio 4 comedy, starring Claire Skinner and Rosamund Hanson.
Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 27th March 2012
It's a wrap, loves. Angus Deayton was our last guest of the Mr Blue Sky recording.
Written by Andrew Collins. 16th March 2012
Those following my Electric Light Orchestra-themed headlines this week will have guessed today's. For today is Day Seven, the final day of the recording of Series 2 of Mr Blue Sky.
Written by Andrew Collins. 16th March 2012
Having recorded outside in the car park on Tuesday, and in a van in the car park yesterday, studio director Wilfredo had us all outside in the cloudless sunshine again this morning for some more exterior scenes.
Written by Andrew Collins. 15th March 2012
It's weird to sit on this side of the glass. The actors know that we can hear every word they're saying when they're in there, but unless we press "talkback", they can't hear us. It's an unfair dynamic, but it spells out who's boss.
Written by Andrew Collins. 13th March 2012
Day Three of Mr Blue Sky, and it's all slotting together. We had an easy morning, in that we recorded all of Harvey's monologues.
Written by Andrew Collins. 12th March 2012
Day Two of Mr Blue Sky Series 2. The palatial middle studio at Soundhouse on what is now an ominously deserted industrial estate in Shepherd's Bush is our place of work until the end of next week.
Written by Andrew Collins. 9th March 2012
Today is Day One of Mr Blue Sky Series 2. It is a year to the day that we embarked upon the recording of Series 1.
Written by Andrew Collins. 8th March 2012
Mr Blue Sky, a four-part comedy drama written by Andrew Collins, finished on Monday on a wistful note, with ever-optimistic Harvey - the Mr Blue Sky of the title - failing to reveal his aneurysm to his family. He didn't want to ruin the happy vibe. He'd got his rubbish job back, his daughter was marrying her boyfriend, Kill-R, and his son had joined the army. This was a lovely series that got better as it went along. And Harvey's snarky oncologist - his mantra: "It's bad news" - was a joy from the start.
Mr Blue Sky (Radio 4, yesterday) was billed as a "warm comedy" but as it drew towards its final episode it grew chillier, deeper. Mark Benton starred as the man in the title, husband, father, hopeless salesman with the infuriating habit (I know it's infuriating because I share it) of always looking on the bright "could-have-been-worse" side. His wife is flirting with the builder, his daughter has brought home a nightmare live-in boyfriend, his son has grievances, he loses his job. On top of all that he gets shot in the head then discovers he already has a potentially fatal aneurysm, about both of which he subsequently keeps silent. Funny? Well, yes. Andrew Collins, the writer, understands people. Anna Madley, for independents Avalon, let it be overplayed at first but brought it finally sailing home on a wing and a tear.
So, Episode 2 of Mr Blue Sky aired on Radio 4 this morning at the convenient time of 11.30am; I listened to it on headphones via my laptop in the British Library, which felt a bit weird. Secretly listening to my own work.
Written by Andrew Collins. 23rd May 2011
Andrew Collins talks about writing Mr Blue Sky, his Radio 4 sitcom which has been in development for over 14 years.
Written by Si Hawkins. British Comedy Guide, 17th May 2011
New comedy, Mr Blue Sky (Radio 4), is about Harvey Easter, an eternal optimist. He walks to work one morning, and gets shot. "I suppose it's better than being stabbed," he chirrups.
It doesn't get any easier. The first episode of Mr Blue Sky aired this morning, at 11.30, on BBC Radio 4. I was as nervous before it went out as I might have been waiting in the wings to go onstage.
Written by Andrew Collins. 16th May 2011
Andrew Collins introduces Mr Blue Sky...
Written by Andrew Collins. 11th March 2011