MICHAEL PARKINSON: 1935-2023...
Sir Michael Parkinson was a British broadcaster, journalist, and television presenter. He was best known for hosting "Parkinson," a long-running television talk show that featured interviews with a wide range of celebrities, including actors, musicians, politicians, and other notable individuals. The show aired in various formats and on different networks over the years.
Parkinson was born on March 28, 1935, in Cudworth, Yorkshire, England. He began his career as a journalist and eventually transitioned into broadcasting. He gained prominence as a television presenter, particularly with the success of his talk show "Parkinson," which first aired in 1971 on the BBC.
The show's format typically consisted of Parkinson interviewing one or more guests in front of a live audience. His interviewing style was known for being friendly, engaging, and often delving into personal and insightful conversations.
He was skilled at getting his guests to open up and share their thoughts and experiences.
Throughout his career, Parkinson interviewed a wide array of notable individuals, including Hollywood stars, sports figures, musicians, and political leaders. His show provided audiences with in-depth insights into the lives and thoughts of these personalities, contributing to its enduring popularity.
"Parkinson" ran for several decades, with various breaks and revivals, and it made Sir Michael Parkinson a household name in the UK. He was awarded a knighthood in 2008 for his services to broadcasting.
Sadly Parkinson passed away on 16th August 2023, a statement from his family said: “After a brief illness Sir Michael Parkinson passed away peacefully at home last night in the company of his family."