Sir Michael Parkinson began his career as a journalist on local papers and as a features writer for the Daily Express and Manchester Guardian. His first foray into TV came when he joined Granada Television before moving to the BBC to join the 24 Hours team. His talk show Parkinson was launched in 1971 and ran until 1982. He has also had a successful career on radio. In 1996 Michael launched a Sunday morning show on Radio 2 – which ran for 12 years. In 1998 he was separately honoured for his work in journalism, radio and television. The same year saw a new series of Parkinson start on BBC ONE lasting until 2003 and winning many awards including a BAFTA in 1999. In 2004 he successfully transferred Parkinson to ITV until his retirement from the show in 2007. Parkinson was voted in the top ten in a British Film Institute poll of the Best Television Programmes Of All Time. The show ran for over 800 episodes and Michael interviewed more than 2,000 of the world’s most famous people during its run. He was awarded a CBE in June 2000 and a knighthood for services to broadcasting in the 2008 New Year’s honours list.