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PARKINSON, Michael

SERIAL-defecting grumpy bastard outstaying his welcome on Sunday mornings with a subtle blend of moaning, whingeing, pomposity, outrageous pronouncements on sport, andĀ ‘the very best in music’ (ie Jamie Cullum, Jamie Cullum, Jamie Cullum, Jamie Cullum, and a load of ‘big band’ drivel lasting for eight minutes plus which he insisted on smugly praising at front and end whilst simultaneously scoffing at ‘pop rubbish’ like, erm, Pet Sounds), interspersed with ‘highbrow’ chatter with the sort of broadsheet columnists you wished had bloody well stayed on the printed page. Made Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs look tolerable in comparison, frankly. Left in 2007 amidst a load of self-perpetuated ‘end of an era’ hoo-ha to concentrate on his hobbies of sneering at anyone who wasn’t as clever as or a ‘journalist’ likeĀ him, moaning about young girls dying of cancer, and droning on and on and on and on and on about Billy fucking Connolly.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Glenn A

    July 6, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Surprised that a person who was so good on television presented this self indulgent load of rubbish on the radio where he played miserable forties music for his own amusement, interviewed his friends too much and made Radio 2 seem like it was stuck in the dark ages. I think the lack of a 30-60 audience killed off his show.

  2. Matthew Rudd

    July 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Heh. TVC’s collective hatred of Parkinson will never die.

  3. Adrian

    February 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Yes, why do I get the vibe from this article that Michael Parkinson’s not that popular in TVC Towers?

  4. Glenn A

    March 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Well Adrian he’s well liked enough as a television interviewer and in an earlier life a sports pundit, but his radio show was self indulgent and boring. However, I admire his courage for criticising the media circus built around Jade Goody even if it probably made him a hate figure to HEAT magazine readers.

  5. Applemask

    December 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Literally everything he ever said on this show translated as “Yaarkshire.”

  6. Jill

    January 14, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Did he really ‘rubbish’ Pet Sounds? The man is clearly an idiot. Harrumph!

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