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Parkinson's Sunday Supplement
Genre Talk, News, jazz music, Big band music
Running time Sundays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Country  United Kingdom
Languages English
Home station BBC Radio 2
Starring Michael Parkinson
Producers Anthony Cherry
Air dates 1996 to 12 December 2007
Audio format FM and Digital radio and online

Parkinson's Sunday Supplement is a Sunday morning programme which was aired between 1996 and 2007 on BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom. It was presented by the journalist and broadcaster Michael Parkinson. The programme featured newspaper reviews and entertainment summaries with the help of journalists and a lengthy interview with a media personality.

Show format

The programme began shortly after the 11:00am news and was introduced by Parkinson who would outline some of the features that would be on that morning's show. These would usually be a review of the Sunday papers with a guest; a round-up of the week's entertainment news in the world of film, radio, television, music and the arts, also with a guest reviewer; and after the Midday news, an interview with a media personality from the worlds of entertainment, arts, sport and music. Between these features Parkinson would play what he termed "the very best in music" from the jazz and big-band genres, including such artists as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Joe Williams. After his guest interview Parkinson would often review new album releases in the jazz and big band genres, playing a selection of tracks. The show was then wrapped up before handing over to the 1:00pm news bulletin. Guests for the newspaper review included Steve Richards from The New Statesman and Michael Prescott from The Guardian. Entertainment guests included Gillian Reynolds from the Daily Telegraph and the BBC Radio 4 journalist Quentin Cooper.[1]

Parkinnson won a Sony Radio Award for the programme in 1998.[2]

In October 2007, a few months after announcing his retirement from his television series, Parkinson said his radio show would also end.[3] The last edition of Parkinson's Sunday Supplement was aired in December 2007.[4] His final guest was the actor Sir Ian McKellen.[1] It was replaced in early 2008 by a show presented by Michael Ball titled Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch.


  1. ^ a b "Parkinson's Sunday Supplement synopsis". BBC Radio 2. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2007. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Michael Parkinson". Nottingham Trent Universtiy. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Parkinson leaves his Radio 2 show". BBC News. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Parkinson bows out with honour". BBC News. 29 December 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 

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