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Release Date:
4 January 2000 (USA) See more »
Talk show with celebrity guests.
4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 178)
Michael Parkinson ... Himself - Host / ... (322 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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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable late evening chat, 28 February 2005
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

Michael Parkinson recently moved his chat show from BBC1 to ITV as BBC1 had offered him an earlier evening slot which he refused and ITV had no problem screening it at similar times as on BBC1. It is now usually shown at around 10 to 11:15 pm on Saturdays.

He has interviewed many stars over the years including some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Some of these stars include Michael Caine, Jimmy Tarbuck, John Wayne, Bruce Forsyth, Cilla Black, Julie Walters, Bruce Willis, Anne Widdecombe, Will Smith, Samual L Jackson and Kenneth Williams. One actor I'm surprised he has not interviewed yet is Leonardo DiCaprio, but there is time yet.

I quite enjoy watching Parkinson on Saturdays, even though sometimes he has guests on that I have never heard of. Certainly better than Johnathan Ross's Friday chat show.

Long may Parky be chat show king.

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