Michael Parkinson Our Kind of Music review: An enjoyable evening full of nostalgia, humour and heart

Michael Parkinson. Picture: JANE BOWN

Michael Parkinson. Picture: JANE BOWN - Credit: Archant

In a career that spanned five decades, Sir Michael Parkinson hosted hundreds of celebrities on his talk shows and now the ultimate interviewer has become the ultimate raconteur with a wealth of fascinating stories to tell.

In this touring show, his focus is on his musical guests and his love of the music of the Great American Songbook.

During a charming interview/conversation with his son and long-term producer, Mike, he remembers the many stars who performed, those whose careers he helped to launch (eg. Jamie Cullum) and the few he wished he had interviewed (eg. Frank Sinatra).

Going in, I wasn’t sure what to expect but could have happily listened to him talk all night and I loved the film clips and montages that accompanied each section - though I didn’t want each one to end. You forget how many great performances there were.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the absurdly talented singer/songwriter Joe Stilgoe occasionally joined them on stage for a little live music including a Beatles collection, an improvised, audience-inspired medley and a duet with Parky which saw the octogenarian sing an...ahem...memorable version of Moon River.

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A thoroughly enjoyable evening full of nostalgia, humour, heart and yes, my kind of music.

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