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Comparing Michael Parkinson, Peter Kay and Meg Ryan.

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´╗┐Sir Michael Parkinson Born in 1935, in Cudworth, near Barnsley Michael Parkinson was educated at Barnsley Grammar School and spent much of his childhood in the local cinema. He began his journalistic career writing for several local newspapers in Yorkshire and then the Manchester Guardian. After that he became a feature writer for The Daily Express in London. He soon after became a current affairs producer at Granada Television- Scene At 6:30, Afternoon Edition, World In Action- then as a reporter for BBC?s 24 Hours. Then in 1969, he took over the presentation of Granada?s Cinema series and later, in 1971, he compered a regular afternoon show called Teabreak for Thames Television. In 1971, he presented his own show on the BBC- a talk show entitled Parkinson for 11 years, which got a million views every week. Over the course of 30 years, it ran 800 editions and featured 3000 of the world?s most famous people. It won a BAFTA and The National Television Award for Most popular talk Show four times in a row. ...read more.

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In 2007 he accepted his knighthood for services to broadcasting after he had retired from Parkinson and numerous of other projects. After he had retired, he published his autobiography- Parky- and also engaged in some on the side projects and dedicated a lot of his time to his fans. Parkinson?s interview technique is very polite and he rarely interrupts his guests. He tends not to be too assertive when it comes to questioning, open and relaxed. Due to his reputation of not being very humorous or adventurous, he is sometimes criticized for being boring, although he generally gets the answers everybody wants. Peter Kay: 1. TV icon (comedian) 2. From Bolton 3. Left school with just one GCSE (art) 4. Worked in toilet roll factory, a netto supermarket, cinema usher 5. First gig was at a competition in Manchester hosted by Dave Spikey (later friend and co-star of Phoenix Nights) 6. Won the competition (beating Johnny Vegas) 7. Joined Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1998 and received Perrier award nominations for his efforts 8. ...read more.

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Both from northern England 2. Started off small 3. Modest lives 4. Relatively private 5. TV industry 6. Male 7. Dedicated to career 8. Have autobiographies 1. Michael Parkinson is considerably older than Kay 1. Kay doesn?t have any journalistic projects 1. Kay isn?t academic like Parkinson 1. Parkinson isn?t known for humour Meg Ryan: 1. Born 19th November 1961 2. Birth name is Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra 3. American actress and producer 4. Studied at New York University in Journalism 5. After a few minor roles in films and on TV she landed lead in When Harry met Sally 6. For the next 15 years played lead in romantic comedies -Sleepless in Seattle -French Kiss -Addicted to Love -City of Angles -You?ve got mail -Kate and Leopold 1. Has quite extreme plastic surgery Similarities and Differences 1. Involved in entertainment industry 2. Both have experience in journalism 3. In the public eye (Ryan considerably more than Parkinson) 1. Meg Ryan is very vain as she has plastic surgery where as Parkinson has aged gracefully 2. Meg Ryan is female 3. Ryan is American 4. Ryan is globally known and massive movie star 5. Ryan has high profile, glamorous lifestyle 6. ...read more.

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