Michael Parkinson, 87, delights viewers as he makes a rare appearance on Good Morning Britain

‘He’s the best at his job’: Michael Parkinson, 87, delights viewers as he makes a rare appearance on Good Morning Britain to discuss the art of the interview

Michael Parkinson delighted viewers as he made a rare TV appearance on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday.

The legendary broadcaster, 87, appeared alongside his son Mike, 55, where he discussed the art of interviewing and reminisced on time spent with George Best.

The chat show host presented his program Parkinson from 1971 to 1982 and again from 1998 to 2007.

Return: Michael Parkinson delighted viewers as he made a rare TV appearance on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday

Asked about the art of the interview by hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley, Michael said: ‘It takes some doing to actually be frank in an interview, to ask the questions properly and not be delicate around certain subjects.

‘You’re aware of that as the interviewer. It’s a fascinating subject. There’s lots of other things that come into it.

He added: ‘I enjoy watching interviews as well nowadays, particularly when they don’t get it right.’

Michael was good friends with George Best and interviewed the footballer more than a dozen times during his career.

Interview: The legendary broadcaster, 87, appeared alongside his son Mike, 55, where he discussed the art of interviewing and reminisced on time spent with George Best.

Interview: The legendary broadcaster, 87, appeared alongside his son Mike, 55, where he discussed the art of interviewing and reminisced on time spent with George Best.

Mike recalled playing football with the Manchester United winger as a child and his schoolteachers not believing him.

He said: ‘George used to come down and he would try and avoid dad because dad would try and lecture him.

‘He’d run out in the garden and play football with me and the two brothers and the game was getting the football off George best which was impossible.

‘I went back to primary school and they asked me what I did for the weekend and I said, I played football with George Best.

Skill: Asked about the art of the interview, Michael said: 'It takes some doing to actually be frank in an interview, to ask the questions properly and not be delicate around certain subjects'.

Skill: Asked about the art of the interview, Michael said: ‘It takes some doing to actually be frank in an interview, to ask the questions properly and not be delicate around certain subjects’.

‘I kept repeating this claim and was given detention. I then saw George next time and said to him, George you got me in trouble and he said what can I do?

‘He signed a football and wrote, to Sister Cross, he did play football with George Best, love George. I gave it to her next day at school and I’m sure she blushed.’

Viewers expressed their delight at seeing Michael back on the small screen with one writing: ‘Isn’t Michael Parkinson wonderful? Well done to him and his son Mike’.

Reaction: Viewers expressed their delight at seeing Michael back on the small screen with one writing: 'Isn't Michael Parkinson wonderful?  Well done to him and his son Mike'

Reaction: Viewers expressed their delight at seeing Michael back on the small screen with one writing: ‘Isn’t Michael Parkinson wonderful? Well done to him and his son Mike’

Another wrote: ‘I used to love watching him! He’s a lovely, polite man with a great interview technique’.

Another viewer added: ‘There’s only one Sir Michael Parkinson. The best at his job, total legend, so much respect’.

One fan said: ‘I’ve had the honor and pleasure of meeting Michael Parkinson. He’s the most beautiful soul. I couldn’t resist mentioning his interview with Meg Ryan.

One fan said: 'I used to love watching him!  He's a lovely, polite man with a great interview technique'

One fan said: ‘I used to love watching him! He’s a lovely, polite man with a great interview technique’

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