Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Thursday 22 February 2018

Sir Michael Parkinson Speaks Ahead Of Night Of Reflection & Celebration @ Theatre Royal Brighton

Sir Michael Parkinson will be in conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, at Theatre Royal Brighton, next week.

The Brighton Magazine (TBM): You are hosting 'An Audience With Sir Michael Parkinson' at Theatre Royal Brighton on Sunday 1st April. Can you let us know what the audience can expect? 

Sir Michael Parkinson (MP): Well actually I'm co -hosting. The show is myself in conversation with son and long term Producer Mike who takes me though my life and career with the help of some classic clips from the Parkinson archive. It's the story of how I made it out of a pit village to the top of those famous stairs with all the highs and low along the way in the company of Connolly, Ali, Lauren Bacall, Sir David Attenborough, Joan Rivers, Sir Michael Caine. Madonna, Dane Edna Everage to name but a few. It"s a great show which I love doing and If I wasn't on stage I buy a ticket!

TBM: In your mind what is the role of the media in society? 

MP: I've never found a better description than the original mission statement of the BBC - to inform, educate and entertain.

TBM: Best interview? 

MP: Not one you would expect me to say. It was with the eminent scientist Professor Jacob Bronowski. He was the writer and presenter of that landmark book and television series The Ascent of Man. It was the one time that the shape and progression of the interview went exactly the way I had prepared. But that was more to do with Professor Bronowski's perfect command of the English language and his forensic mind then my interviewing skills. 


TBM: Worst interview? 

MP: Once, when they were still with us, I sat down with Alan Whicker and David Frost, both of whom I liked and deeply admired, and we agreed to write down on a piece of the paper the worst interviewee we had all interviewed. We then showed each other at the same time. Each of us had written down Thor Heyerdahl, the Norweigan anthropologist most famous for the Kon-Tiki expedition in the Pacific.We all agreed he would not be our first choice as a crewmate on a deep sea cruise

TBM: Top 3 songs ever written? 

MP: Too many. Here's three that are near the top of my list. I've Got You Under my Skin by Cole Porter, sung by Frank Sinatra with the arrangement by Nelson Riddle. Summertime by George and Ira Gershwin, sung peerlessly by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Love for Sale, again by Cole Porter , played as an instrumental by the Buddy Rich Big Band

TBM: Proudest moment from your career? 

MP: Being awarded Honorary membership of the Musicians Union. Music has given me such joy in my life and my respect for anyone with musical talent knows no bounds. To be accepted into their inner circle without an ounce of musical talent is a real honour

TBM: What do you make of current British television? 

MP: Slick, brilliantly produced and full of talent yet sadly often soulless and derivative. I was lucky to come into television when I did.

TBM: Any advice for up and coming broadcasters / interviewers today? 

MP: It's difficult to do so because the media environment they are coming into is not one I recognise nor to be honest understand. The only piece of advice I can give any aspiring interviewer is do your homework and listen.

An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson will be a night of reflective and celebratory entertainment, which will undoubtedly bring audiences the very best of a man who has shaped the perception of show business, popular culture and recent history for years to come.

An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson at Theatre Royal Brighton on Thursday 1st March 2018. For more info and tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Snow Patrol are set to return with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

From an angel and a tennis player to a joyfully paint-splashed lady, Hangleton and East Brighton residents have been creating life-size 'avatars': colourfully painted, cut-out figures that explore who they are or who they would like to be for a Brighton Festival project called Looking Through Each Other's Eyes.

Rituals is the ambitious new album from Australian musician Amaya Laucirica (who played a storming set at last weekend's Brighton's Great Escape Festival). Her work blends the swirling contours of the Cocteau Twins with the wistful melodies of The Go-Betweens and the sonic depth of Yo La Tengo. 

Following last year's success, Byline Festival returns to Pippingford Park, in East Sussex, and once again promises festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. 

John Finnemore has followed a well worn path and is pretty much your definitive BBC Radio 4 comedian; studied English at Cambridge University and cut his teeth in the Cambridge footlights rising to become its vice president in his final year. After graduating, he performed in Sensible Haircut with the Footlights team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000.

Following band frontman Mike Peters' major undertaking for last week's Record Store Day – which saw him perform at record shops in London, New York and Los Angeles in a three-stop transcontinental trip within twenty-four hours – The Alarm announce the release of their new album Equals.

A special ceremony is being held next month at Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton, to return the gravestone of Thomas Highflyer, a 12-year-old slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow and died in Brighton 148 years ago.

My first visit to The Spire. As you may have guessed from the name it was once a church (St Mark's Chapel, in East Brighton). This one has been converted to an arts venue. It still looks very much like a church though, just missing the pews and altar etc and of course, it has a stage… and wonderfully, and at least on this night, a foyer with seating and a bar.

It was always a pleasure for The Brighton Magazine to host The Beat's Dave Wakeling, when he performed in the city as part of the 3 Men & Black collective (alongside Jake Burns from Stiff Little Fingers and Pauline Black and Nick Welsh from The Selecter).

A new play by Townsend Theatre Productions relives the extraordinary true story of the Grunwick Strike, a dispute that challenged the way women and immigrants are treated in the workplace.

Brighton based gallery 35 North Contemporary Fine Art is set to host Deanland, a new exhibition of original work by painter Alexander Johnson and photographer John Brockliss. 
Pic by Paul Mansfield

The Rock House Festival 2018 brings together learning disabled bands and upcoming and established music-makers from Brighton and beyond for a day of live music at Green Door Store, Brighton.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018, in Brighton - one of the most important platforms for new music in the world attracting over 3,500 key industry figures on the look-out for new talent.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd