Michael Parkinson

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TV tonight: Parkinson’s finest chat show moments
The veteran host looks back through 50 years of celebrity interviews in a new documentary. Plus: Bettany Hughes’ Treasures Of The World. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Phil Harrison, Jack Seale, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett

28, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Sunday with Michael Parkinson: ‘If I move, it’s down to the cricket pitch’
The television presenter tells Samantha Rea about his perfect lazy days: reading the papers, watching soap operas, listening to jazz

Samantha Rea

11, Jul, 2021 @5:45 AM

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Michael Parkinson: ‘I dreamed of living with Ingrid Bergman near Barnsley FC’
The chatshow presenter and jazz DJ recalls crushes on screen icons, disappointment on the cricket field – and the first time he heard Louis Armstrong

As told to Rich Pelley

10, Jun, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The rich v the very, very rich: the rebellion at Wentworth golf club
The long read: When a Chinese billionaire bought one of Britain’s most prestigious golf clubs in 2015, dentists and estate agents were confronted with the unsentimental force of globalised capital

Samanth Subramanian

02, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Is Michael Parkinson having a laugh when he says men are funnier than women? | Barbara Ellen
Why does he need to dredge up the tired myth that comedy’s a male thing?

Barbara Ellen

14, Nov, 2020 @6:00 PM

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How we made: BBC mockumentary Ghostwatch
‘Our producer received a letter from a woman asking for compensation to buy new trousers for her husband, as he had soiled the ones he was wearing’

Interviews by George Bass

26, Oct, 2020 @3:01 PM

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Sir Michael Parkinson: ‘It is one of the great mysteries how my 59-year marriage has lasted’
The broadcaster on waking in the night, writing a book about his friend George Best, and how he couldn’t live without music

Roz Lewis

01, Sep, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Desert Island Discs: 75 defining moments from 75 years of castaways
The show’s first guest was marooned three quarters of a century ago this month. Here are the moments that made Desert Island Discs a radio classic

Stephen Moss

06, Jan, 2017 @3:56 PM

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BBC's Christmas crackers, Milo Yiannopoulos's talk and Baddiel's rule-breaking
Our morning briefing highlights the big stories of the day, including the BBC’s favourites old and new – with added tinsel

22, Nov, 2016 @8:21 AM

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Are you sexist, or are you Yorkshire? Quiz
Michael Parkinson has refused to apologise for the tone of his 1975 interview with Helen Mirren because he’s ‘Yorkshire’. What about you?

Stuart Heritage

21, Nov, 2016 @4:05 PM

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Three heavyweight encounters: when Ali met Parkinson
The unforgettable interviews the champion gave to the BBC talkshow are landmarks in the rise – and, ultimately, fall – of his career

Mark Lawson

05, Jun, 2016 @8:00 AM

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A special relationship: how the British took Ali to their hearts
Booed on his first visit in 1963, he won over the fight crowds and then the wider public through his humour and a shared sense he was the people’s champion

Andrew Anthony

04, Jun, 2016 @11:05 PM

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