Written by By Michael Hogan
Michael Hogan was unimpressed with the opening episode of Sir Michael Parkinson’s new arts-focused talk show, which featured an interview with jazz pianist Jamie Cullum.
Parky’s back. Well, sort of. Parkinson: Masterclass (Sky Arts 1) found the veteran interviewer – he’s 77 now and showing no signs of hanging up his chat slacks, despite “retiring” five years ago – fronting a new strand of arts interviews on the digital channel.
The idea was that the grand inquisitor of Barnsley gets guests at the top of their game to explain their influences and creative process, enlivened by demonstrations of their craft, with a student-heavy studio audience chipping in with their own questions. It’s sort of like a British version of the US institution Inside the Actor’s Studio, with a crinkly, twinkly Yorkshireman instead of that rumbly-voiced sycophant James Lipton.
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And if you missed the show last night, you can catch it again on Saturday at 12pm on Sky Arts 1.