Phil Collinson

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Phil Collinson
Born 26 August 1970 (1970-08-26) (age 44)
Residence Manchester, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity White British
Occupation TV Producer, actor
Years active 1998–present
Employer ITV
Notable work(s) See below
Television Coronation Street
Doctor Who

Philip "Phil" Collinson (born 26 August 1970[1][2]) is a British television producer. He was initially an actor, before switching to working behind the cameras in the industry as a script editor and writer on programmes such as Springhill and Emmerdale, later becoming the producer of Peak Practice, Doctor Who and Coronation Street.

Career[edit]

Collinson has produced several series for the BBC, including the comedy drama Linda Green, and the first seasons of 1950s-set Born and Bred and paranormal thriller Sea of Souls. In January 2004, he started work as the tenth full-time in-house producer of the BBC science-fiction programme Doctor Who.

While he was an actor, the role of Alexander in the 1999 Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk was written especially for him by his friend Russell T Davies. However, after Antony Cotton auditioned for the production team, Davies and his fellow producers felt they had no choice but to offer the role to him instead of Collinson.

Collinson took a break from his Doctor Who production responsibilities for part of the 2007 series; Susie Liggat took his place for a month according to issue 372 of Doctor Who Magazine, while Collinson took a holiday.[3] There was some confusion when Collinson's break was first announced, with some reports claiming that Collinson was leaving the series. "There was this whole madness last year when it was announced that... Susie was going to produce a couple of episodes," Collinson told Doctor Who Magazine in issue 380, "cos everyone immediately thought that I was leaving, and she was taking over. My friends thought I was seriously ill! Why else would I leave Doctor Who?"[4] Collinson's holiday coincided with the filming of the two-parter "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood"; he does however receive an executive producer credit for these episodes. Liggat also produced five episodes of the 2008 series.

Collinson also served as an executive producer on the CBBC Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.[5]

The BBC confirmed on 1 February 2008 that Collinson would be leaving his position on Doctor Who, to return to Manchester as BBC Head of Drama for the region.[6] After less than two years in this role, it was announced in late 2009 than Collinson would be leaving the BBC to take over as producer of ITV's top-rated soap opera Coronation Street.[7]

Collinson is gay, and admits that Doctor Who has a special appeal for LGBT people: "I can only talk for myself, and when I was a teenager," he said in a March 2007 interview. "For me, as a young boy and a teenager, growing up in the north of England, in a world where I could never imagine being a gay man, let alone settling down and finding someone, I think Doctor Who was really asexual. There were programmes like The Sweeney which were very much about men chasing women, men getting women, whereas with Doctor Who you had a show that never really dealt with that." [8]

In July 2010 Collinson took over from Kim Crowther, as the new producer of Coronation Street. His first credited episode aired on 26 July 2010. In April 2011, stories broke that current and ex-members of the cast were concerned by the number of gay plotlines introduced into the series under Collinson[9] and he admits that he uses his show to push gay rights.[10] It was reported in July 2011 that ratings for Coronation Street were falling, with some attributing this to the emphasis on gay characters[11] and plotlines instead of portraying a working class depiction of life which Coronation Street had successfully moulded into.[12]

On 8 October 2012, it was announced that Collinson will step down as Producer of Coronation Street as of March 2013 and be replaced by Emmerdale Producer Stuart Blackburn.

Occupations[edit]

Writer[edit]

Director[edit]

Producer[edit]

Executive Producer[edit]

Head of Drama[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Researcha
  2. ^ 192.com – Search for "Phil Collinson" in Manchester; results: Philip Collinson, age 40, Occupation: TV Producer
  3. ^ "A New Producer". bbc.co.uk. 2006-06-19. Retrieved 2006-06-23. 
  4. ^ "With a Little Help from My Friends: Julie Gardner & Phil Collinson," interview by Benjamin Cook. Doctor Who Magazine, issue 380, 28 March 2007.
  5. ^ "Russell T Davies creates new series for CBBC, starring Doctor Who's Sarah Jane Smith" (Press release). BBC. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Phil Collinson reveals future plans". Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  7. ^ Hemley, Matthew (26 November 2009). "Former Doctor Who producer Collinson joins Coronation Street". The Stage. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "An unambitious man". shoutweb.co.uk. March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  9. ^ http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1469732&page=2
  10. ^ http://www.christian.org.uk/news/corrie-boss-i-use-soap-as-gay-rights-platform/
  11. ^ "Corrie faces ratings crisis as viewers switch off outlandish storylines with 'too many' gay characters". Daily Mail. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Sewell, Brian (6 July 2011). "What HAVE they done to Corrie?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
Preceded by
Peter V. Ware
Doctor Who Producer
2005–08
Succeeded by
Susie Liggat
Media offices
Preceded by
Kim Crowther
Producer of Coronation Street
2010–13
Succeeded by
Stuart Blackburn

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