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Release Date:
4 January 2000 (USA) See more »
Talk show with celebrity guests.
4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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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?

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" (1975), 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" (1975). The proposal had also been opposed by the National Union of Journalists and politicians such as Dennis Skinner.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Just great, 27 August 2006
Author: Claus Holm from Denmark

Absolutely the best interviewer around. Has an amazing ability to make his guest feel at home. They simply talk about other things on Parkinsons than they do on any other talk show. With a lot of humor and intelligence, we get little anecdotes, funny and interesting stuff. Parkinson can get away with questions, the stars would normally not even bother to answer. But on Parkinsons there's this great atmosphere that makes everyone relax. Off course there's many funny shows on TV, but when you have watched Parkinsons, you feel not only entertained, but also a little wiser. Many times, you will sit around after the show, with a little happy smile on your face. To put it shortly, it doesn't get any better than this.

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