Broadcaster and journalist, Michael Parkinson is ‘the great British talk show host’ as described by The Guardian. Known for hosting his own show ‘Parkinson’ for over two decades, he is one of the most recognisable faces from television and voices in radio. At events, Michael Parkinson is an experienced professional able to offer a fascinating after dinner speech reflecting on his career or utilise his years in the industry as a memorable host for the occasion.
Best known for his talk show ‘Parkinson’ which ran for over twenty years on BBC1 and ITV, Michael Parkinson was the famous face hosting every episode. As a journalist, he had a unique interview style which allowed him to engage viewers in over two thousand interviews with worldwide celebrities. From Jeremy Clarkson to David Attenborough, Tommy Cooper to Judi Dench, Michael Parkinson used his calm and encouraging demeanour to get the best out of his interviews with the stars.
Starting out in journalism, Michael Parkinson left school and went straight to work for his local newspaper. Developing his talent for writing and current affairs, Michael Parkinson went on to write features for the Manchester Guardian and the Daily Express. Having mastered communicating the news to an audience, he began working in television in the 1960s on ITV Granada, where he remained for a decade before being recognised as a talent for his own show.
In addition to the infamous series ‘Parkinson’, Michael Parkinson has also hosted programmes such as ‘Give Us a Clue’ and ‘Going for a Song’ as well as appearing in shows like ‘Ghostwatch’, ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Love Actually’ acting as himself. Equally as successful on the radio as he was on screen, Michael Parkinson, where he could be heard on ‘Desert Island Discs’ and ‘Parkinson on Sport’.
As an icon of british media culture, Michael Parkinson was knighted by the Queen in 2008 for his contributions to television and broadcasting. With his famed show ‘Parkinson’ coming in eighth on the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 1900s, it’s easy to see why Michael Parkinson is so loved by generations of viewers. As a speaker at events, he is experienced having hosted his own talking tour of the UK and brings the same passion, knowledge and professionalism to every occasion.
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