Petulant to the last, Michael “Mike” Parkinson has decided that, “after 25 years of doing my talk show”, he’s had enough.
Nice of him to refer to it as “my” show, thereby confirming what we all suspected: that he never really cared for us, the viewer, and was only ever interested in airing his obsessions in front of his favourite celebrities. It’s also interesting to learn that he can’t count. He did the show on the BBC from 1971-82, then again from 1998-2004, and finally on ITV from 2004-now. Which makes 21 years, not 25.
Anyway, by way of a cheery salute to the miserable bastard, further to this, here’s a few of his finer moments, so described because all of them involved him keeping his mouth shut.
1) Parky’s harem. Jill Tweedie, Mary Parkinson, Sylvia Duncan, Rita Dando and Mavis Nicholson prepare to take over Thames TV’s Tea Break in 1971.
2) Adam Faith celebrates 25 years in the business in appropriate style: with Elton, Nick, Parky and Parky’s cake-making son.
3) The wilderness years: Parky revives Going For A Song with Tony Slattery, Leslie Ash and Eric Knowles.
4) The Beeb’s 1996 Christmas line-up: Parky, Martine…and Isobel Lang. What more could you need?