National treasure, chat-show king and man of the people, Sir Michael Parkinson is Britain's best-loved broadcaster. From his radio shows covering everything from sport to jazz, to his four decades in television anchoring shows such as TV-am, Give Us a Clue and, of course, Parkinson, he has long been nothing short of a legend.
And as Michael retired from his extraordinary showbiz career, it was only fitting he receive the ultimate reward - a knighthood from the Queen. It was an entirely suitable crowning moment to a remarkable career.
This fascinating new biography traces the life of the miner's son from his childhood in Barnsley, where he had trials for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, to making it as an acclaimed media personality, it follows his entry into newspaper journalism and his national service, during which he served in Suez.
Turning his hand to broadcasting, he was soon presenting shows including Radio 4's Desert Island Discs and his legendary TV chat-show, Parkinson. The Yorkshireman's down-to-earth charm belied a nimble way with questioning that produced some of television's most engaging moments. Among over 2,000 interviews, those with Muhammad Ali, John Lennon, Princess Anne, David Beckham and - of course - Emu, have gone down as legendary.
Over the years Michael has picked up countless industry accolades - including a BAFTA and Sony Radio Award - won listener and viewer popularity polls, received an honorary doctorate and been awarded a CBE. His adoring fans have lapped up his shows and delighted at his words in newspapers and books. Arise Sir Michael Parkinson paints a complete portrait of one of Britain's most talented men.
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About the Author
Charlie Burden is a journalist who has contributed to The Guardian, Time Out, and the Times.
Table of Contents
1 A Sporting Childhood 1
2 Roving Reporter 21
3 Meeting Mary 31
4 Time For TV 41
5 Parkinson 47
6 Game For A Laugh 67
7 Radio Times 85
8 Gongs Galore! 111
9 On the Move 139
10 A Sporting Future 187
11 Golden Guests 215
Appendices: Television Filmography 245