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Sir Michael Parkinson

Michael Parkinson began his career as a journalist on local papers and ended up as a features writer for the Daily Express and Manchester Guardian. His first foray into television came when he joined Granada Television before moving to the BBC to join the 24 hours team. His talk show Parkinson was launched in 1971 and ran until 1982.

He has also had a successful career on radio. In 1996 Michael launched a Sunday morning show on Radio 2 – which ran for 12 years. He has won numerous awards and in 1998 was separately honoured for his work in journalism, radio and television. The same year saw a new series of Parkinson start on BBC 1 lasting until 2003 and winning many awards including a BAFTA in 1999.

In 2003 he successfully transferred Parkinson to ITV until his retirement from the show in 2007. Parkinson was voted in the top ten in a British Film Institute poll of the Best Television Programmes of all time. He was awarded a CBE in June 2000 and a knighthood for services to broadcasting in the 2008 New Year’s honours’ list. In 2008 he was also installed as Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

He has launched his own website, released several CDs of his favourite music, started his own Production Company and his autobiography, Parky, topped the Best Sellers charts. 2009 saw Michael in Australia as he embarked on a tour around the country entitled Parky: The One Man Show in which he told of his life and career to packed-out venues all over Australia and New Zealand. 2010 saw the launch of two further projects, headed by Michael and Parkinson Productions - the release of another book – Parky’s People – and a Best Of Parkinson DVD.

In March 2011 Michael and Sir David Frost collaborated in Sydney to produce two programmes for Channel 9 Australia – Frost Over Parkinson and Parkinson: The Frost Interviews. In the latter part of the year Michael was back in the studio recording a new series for Radio 2 – My Favourite Things.

2012 sees the launch of a new series for Sky Arts – Parkinson : Masterclass  - another DVD and a further series of My Favourite Things.