Parkinson (1998)

Season 11 Episode 4

George Michael, Jon Culshaw, Bill Nighy

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Aired Unknown Mar 13, 2004 on BBC
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George Michael, Jon Culshaw, Bill Nighy
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Tonight Parky meets star of Love Actually Bill Nighy, impressionist Jon Culshaw and controversial superstar George Michael. First up is George Michael, the former dishwasher who became a global superstar of pop. He's as controversial as he is talented, and has just released his first album for 4 years and says it's the best he has ever done. During the interview George discusses the media attention his controversial life has attracted, and reflects how the famous interview with Parky in 98 affected his life... "It was amazing after that interview... for a while after people thought I was very approachable and, apart from the fact that people were so nice to me, they spent their whole time telling me about their sexual exploits and where they had been caught out and stuff like that." George also tells how he has recorded part of his new album on John Lennon's piano, which he bought, and dinner with Tony and Cheri Blair. "At the end of the evening, as I was about to leave, Cheri said to me... "oh, you have got to have Tony show you his guitar." says George. "Sure enough, they opened the little downstairs toilet and there was a little guitar, like one of the ones you buy a 14 year old really... And a little amplifier, I don't know if he plays it on the bog..." George performs Amazing and John and Elvis are Dead from the new album Patience. Next to join the stage is Jon Culshaw, a man who does a fair impersonation of George Michael as well as Russell Crowe, Ozzie Osborne, George W Bush, Billy Connolly plus many others. And finally, a man who wanted to be Ernest Hemingway so he went to France and ended up begging on the streets of Paris. He wanted to be a rock and roller, but ended up playing air guitar, then he became an actor and could be whomever he wanted, including a rock legend, which is what he played in Love Actually. BAFTA award winner Bill Nighy.moreless

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