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Talk show with celebrity guests.
4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 162)
Michael Parkinson ... Himself - Host / ... (295 episodes, 1971-2007)

Series Directed by
Stuart McDonald (6 episodes, 1998-2007)
Series Produced by
Beatrice Ballard .... executive producer (102 episodes, 1998-2004)
Richard Drewitt .... producer (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
John Fisher .... producer (2 episodes, 1978)
Danny Dignan .... assistant producer / producer (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Steven Lappin .... producer (2 episodes, 2004-2007)
Mark Wells .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2004-2007)
Series Original Music by
Harry Stoneham (1 episode, 1975)
Series Film Editing by
John Sillitto (2 episodes, 1982-2003)
Chris Wadsworth (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Production Design by
Louise Lusby (3 episodes, 1971)
Simon Kimmel (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Costume Design by
Lynda Wood (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Makeup Department
Christina Baker .... makeup designer (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Production Management
Garrie Mallen .... production manager (1 episode, 1998)
Stephen Abrahams .... production manager (1 episode, 1999)
Series Art Department
Bernard Heyes .... graphic designer / title sequence (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Bob Warans .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Sound Department
Tony Revell .... sound supervisor (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Finan .... camera operator (17 episodes, 2005)
Nigel Saunders .... camera supervisor (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Editorial Department
Ian Trill .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Music Department
Laurie Holloway .... musical director (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Other crew
Bill Cole .... resources manager / studio resources manager (78 episodes, 1998-2004)
Chris Greenwood .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Quentin Mann .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1998-1999)

Joanna MacDonnell .... floor manager (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Anthony Morris .... acknowledgment: film extracts courtesy of (1 episode, 1975)

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Additional Details

50 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes)

Did You Know?

The first series of the show, including interviews with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Peter Ustinov, Benny Goodman, Spike Milligan and Orson Welles, was wiped on the orders of a BBC committee. All that survives of the first series is a monochrome telerecording of his interview with Shirley MacLaine.See more »
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Referenced in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2011/II) (TV)See more »


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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Travolta, Hawn and Sergeant in Bland snooze fest..., 5 October 2005
Author: StockportLad83 from England

ITV obviously bares a grudge against the BBC. The loss of the Premiership must still be fresh in the mind; why else would Parkinson air before Match Of The Day? As ruthless as it may sound, they're cunningly boring the audience to sleep.

Michael Parkinson has been peddling the same inoffensive, tired format for years now, and last nights episode was no exception. Guests included "the evergreen" Goldie Hawn, "the king of cool" John Travolta and, erm, "political correspondant" John Sergeant. 'Parky's golden rule is set out nice and clear from the outset: the bigger the star, the bigger the brown nosing.

He has neither the 'blokey' charm of Frank Skinner nor the wit of Jonathon Ross, but has somehow managed to remain increasingly popular throughout the years.

Unsurprisingly enough, Hawn was given an easy ride as far as questions go. Parkinson beamed on about her "glittering, successful career," clearly not having done his research. The fact remains that Hawn has not had a hit movie in nearly ten years. Her career is littered with far more misses than hits, but the way the he rambled on was like she'd won several Oscars. But she hasn't, and never will.

Next in the interviewee's chair was John Sergeant. Like Hawn, he too had a book to promote. This time though, it was about Margaret Thatcher. Sergeant claimed that with this book he "aimed to bring together the people who loved her and those who hated her." Parkinson agreed, but then again he would do. Hawn laughed uncontrollably at Sergeants mildly amusing political jokes, with one clear motive in her head: to make the audience believe that not all blondes are dumb.

John Travolta then took to the stage for his relentless barrage of lacklustre questioning. During his gruelling stint he was asked ridiculous questions such as "how do you manage to keep your feet on the ground?" This of course, was to a man, who, has two 747's parked in the driveway of his 60 acre mansion, and commands a $20 million fee for each film he's in. At one stage, Travolta told the story of the time he danced with Princess Diana - "I was told it was one of the highlights of her life" he beamed, "and one of mine too" he responded a good ten seconds later. At which point every middle aged housewife in Great Britain must of gone "Aw he's a lovely man." Parkinson then, for the first time in nearly 45 minutes asked a daring question - "Is their anytime in your career that you would point out as your lowest?" ("We've all had them," said Parkinson, obviously referring to the infamous Ali interview that occurred shortly after the invention of the wheel). Travolta though was allowed to skate around the question by referring to a time his car broke down.

And then it was back to sitting on the fence again for Parkinson, a position he's become rather too comfortable with throughout his career.

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