12 Facts About Michael Parkinson

1. Sir Michael Parkinson reveals he couldn't help alcoholic pal George Best because he had drinking problem too.

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2. In May 2009 Michael Parkinson bemoaned the state of TV generally, saying he was "fed up of the rise of celebrities hosting shows, ridiculously-titled documentaries and property shows", saying "In my television paradise there would be no more property programmes, no more police-chasing-yobbos-in-cars programmes and, most of all and please God, no more so-called documentary shows with titles like My 20-Ton Tumour, My Big Fat Head, Wolf Girl, Embarrassing Illnesses and The Fastest Man on No Legs.

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3. In 2005, Michael Parkinson appeared with comedian Peter Kay on the music video of the re-released "Is This the Way to Amarillo" for Comic Relief, which became a number-one single.

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4. In August 2014, Michael Parkinson was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.

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5. On 29 September 2008 Michael Parkinson launched his website, which includes online interviews with Nelson Mandela and British comedian Rory Bremner.

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6. In 1971 Michael Parkinson was nominated as a candidate for the position of Rector of the University of Dundee.

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7. In April 2009, Michael Parkinson wrote about the recently deceased Jade Goody in Radio Times.

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8. In the 1980s, Michael Parkinson wrote a series of children's books called The Woofits about a family of anthropomorphic dog-like creatures in the fictional Yorkshire coal-mining village of Grimeworth.

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9. As of December 2008, Michael Parkinson holds 458 credits as a presenter on his own and with others.

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10. In 2007, Michael Parkinson appeared in the Australian soap Neighbours as himself.

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11. In October 2003, Michael Parkinson had a controversial interview with Meg Ryan while she was in the UK to promote In the Cut, calling it his most difficult television moment.

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12. Sir Michael Parkinson is an English broadcaster, journalist and author.

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