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  • SPECIAL 0x1 The Tommy Cooper and Frankie Howerd Interviews

    • March 27, 2012
    • BBC One

    Michael Parkinson introduces a recut of two interviews he did with Frankie Howerd during the Parkinson show series and a Christmas interview with Tommy Cooper. Frankie Howerd wanted everything scripted, resulting in an unprompted and unrehearsed interview whilst Tommy Cooper managed to run rings around a delighted Parkinson. Includes clips from Up Pompeii, The Main Attraction and The Bob Monkhouse Show.

  • SPECIAL 0x2 The Peter Ustinov Interviews

    • BBC One

    In a selection of highlights from Sir Peter Ustinov's appearances on his show, Michael Parkinson looks back at a multitalented and multilingual writer, director, actor, raconteur, Oscar winner and tireless ambassador for Unicef. The interviews offer a poignant reminder of Ustinov's intelligence and ability to entertain.

  • SPECIAL 0x3 Parkinson Meets Muhammad Ali

    • August 27, 1999
    • BBC One

    Michael Parkinson searches the archives and revisits four outstanding interviews with the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

  • SPECIAL 0x4 Eleven Years of Parkinson

    • April 10, 1982
    • BBC One

    Eleven years, 361 shows-374 hours of television, 1,047 guests. Michael Parkinson presents a special programme which looks back at more than a decade of Britain's longest-running talk show. Among the many featured guests are: Larry Adler, Muhammad Ali, Fred Astaire, Jack Benny, Dr Jacob Bronowski, George Burns, James Cagney. Bing Crosby Dame Edith Evans Stephane Grappelli Jim Henson's Muppets, Bob Hope, Rod Hull and Emu, Shirley Maclaine, Bette Midler, Yehudi Menuhin, David Niven, Pat O'Brien, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Sellers, Sir Harold Wilson, Mike Yarwood and many others with a special musical contribution from Harry Stoneham.

  • SPECIAL 0x5 The Peter Cook Interviews

    • July 26, 1995
    • BBC One

  • SPECIAL 0x6 The Kenneth Williams Interviews

    • August 29, 1995
    • BBC One

  • SPECIAL 0x7 Parkinson at 50

    • August 28, 2021
    • BBC One

    On 16 June 1971, Michael Parkinson walked down those famous stairs for the first time and introduced the first ever Parkinson show. The guests were celebrity snapper Ray Bellasario and comedy actor Terry-Thomas. Seen as a temporary ten-week filler programme, it went on to record over 650 episodes featuring interviews with over 2,000 guests and was voted by the BFI one of the top ten UK television programmes of all time. This programme tells the full story of the humble beginnings of the show and how it rose to become an award-winning Saturday night staple, a source of water-cooler moments before that phrase had even been thought of. It tells the story of how Michael left Fleet Street and stumbled into television at Granada, where he made his first attempt at celebrity interviewing in an encounter with Mick Jagger. Poached by the BBC, he then found himself hosting the show that would make his name, and he recounts how the success of the show was secured by convincing Orson Welles to appear, as well as how the first series was wiped, losing interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono amongst others. It was a time when the likes of Jimmy Cagney, Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman could be interviewed in depth for the first time, though the show developed into something more than just a celebrity gabfest. Michael reveals some tricks of the interview trade and remembers some of his favourite moments, including his encounters with Muhammad Ali and Billy Connolly, as well as some less successful meetings with Meg Ryan and Helen Mirren. He also explains his decision to leave the interview game in 2008

  • SPECIAL 0x8 Hollywood Women

    • September 17, 1999
    • BBC One

    Michael Parkinson looks back at his meetings with Hollywood's leading ladies, including Bette Davis, Raquel Welch, Bette Midler, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Miss Piggy.