Journalist Michael Parkinson interviews a broad range of the most famous people in the world.
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
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Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #4.16