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Thursday, 17 August 2023 09:43

Sir Michael Parkinson: Chat show host dies aged 88

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Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has died at the age of 88, his family has confirmed.

His TV career spanned seven decades, and he interviewed the world's biggest stars on his long-running chat show.

A statement from Sir Michael's family said: "After a brief illness Sir Michael Parkinson passed away peacefully at home last night in the company of his family.

Michael Parkinson's gentle but probing style set a standard for television chat shows that has rarely been equalled.

In a remarkable career, he interviewed some of the most famous people in the world, including many of the Hollywood stars he had idolised as a child.

His interviews always adhered to his own rigorous journalistic standards and he was insistent that his guest, not himself, should be the star of the show.

He was at his best when he managed to winkle out sensitive details of a guest's life without appearing prurient.

He once famously defined a chat show as "an unnatural act between consenting adults in public".

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