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Talk show with celebrity guests.
Did You Know?
In 1978, Michael Parkinson
and his producer, John Fisher
, proposed changing the series into a five-night-a-week series as a replacement for the current affairs series Tonight
, which was producing disappointing ratings. Although this proposal was supported by BBC One Controller Bill Cotton
, the Managing Director of Television Alasdair Milne
and the Director-General of the BBC, Ian Trethowan
, the BBC's Board of Governors objected to it, considering it a "trivialisation of the airwaves" because Parkinson's series had always been made by the BBC's light entertainment department and was therefore judged as an unsuitable replacement for Tonight
. The proposal had also been opposed by the National Union of Journalists and politicians such as Dennis Skinner
. See more
Referenced in The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz