Andrew Charles Smith 1994 – 2001

Andrew was a student at Wolverhampton Grammar School between 1994 and 2001.

  

Andrew is currently working in Television as a Series Producer, working on different shows and across all the main channels. I mainly look after live and/or entertainment shows. Right now he is making dreams come true on ITV’s Surprise Surprise.

How did you get started in television?
Ever keen to follow in the footsteps of Mrs Munson, I studied French and Italian at university. On leaving UCL, I had a hunch that I’d enjoy working in television, and was lucky enough to get on a graduate scheme at a large production company. It transpired that the reason they hired me was because I spoke Italian – they were about to record a show in Italy and basically needed a (very) cheap translator. It threw me in at the deep end and I’ve been doing TV ever since.

Where’s the most unusual place your career has taken you?
Television is largely a freelance industry, so you move from show to show every four months or so. And in doing so, you find yourself in a variety of different places and situations, with lots of weird and wonderful people. So I’ve really lost any sense of what constitutes unusual…

What’s been your career highlight to date?
My first Series Producer role was on a live show on Sky 1 called Got To Dance. Running a live show is pretty scary and it’s the kind of thing you only truly learn how to do by actually doing it. The first time I did it was a two hour show, live from Earls Court, with 10,000 people in the audience. Finishing the show on time, and without anything disastrous happening was something of a highlight, and a relief. Travelling is also nice – there’s a fair amount of that too.

Three words that best describe your experience at WGS?
Almam. Matrem. Filii.

Who was your favourite teacher?
I was spoilt with brilliant teachers at WGS, but didn’t wholly appreciate that until I left. Miss Johnson (now Mrs Munson) will always have a special place in my heart though. She introduced me to Italy which not only got me my first job, but is also my greatest hobby, and ultimate retirement plan.

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