Richard Wilkins asks Sir Michael Parkinson a question he’s never been asked before
Nine entertainment editor and Aussie TV veteran Richard Wilkins had the opportunity to sit down with Sir Michael Parkinson, the legendary British interviewer, and it’s safe to say he was pinching himself at the opportunity.
“I feel like I've been watching Sir Michael Parkinson on television for most of my life,” Wilkins wrote in a column for Celebrity Nine.
“I was fascinated by those who he was speaking to and also by the man himself. I guess in a weird way it propelled me to want to get up close and personal with some of those people as well, albeit some 15 years later and in totally different circumstances.”
Wilkins was well aware of the task he was undertaking.
“So, where do you start when interviewing a man who's interviewed everybody? It was a question I wrestled with over a number of weeks leading up to the big day,” Wilkins mused.
He settled on: “How important is the first question when conducting an interview, Sir Michael?”
Sir Michael thought that was an excellent question to start with as he’d never been asked it before.
Wilkins confirms that he asked many questions about Sir Michael’s more legendary interviews, including those with Muhammad Ali, Kerry Packer and Billy Connolly.
Wilkins also confirms that he inquired about Sir Michael and his family.
“We also spoke at length about cricket and his observations on where the game is at. And, we discussed family, the secret to a happy marriage and his take on the current crop of television interviewers,” Wilkins wrote.