Tony Parsons

Novelist and entertainment and current affairs presenter
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Biography

Tony Parsons’ working life began in a Gordon’s Gin Distillery. Unfortunately for Tony, he developed an acute allergy to the spirit. From these dark days his first novel, The Kids, was born and so began a literary and television career that thankfully did not affect his health!

His journalism career started at the New Musical Express in 1976, where he stayed for three years covering musicians such as The Clash, Blondie and The Sex Pistols. After a brief stint at the Daily Telegraph, Tony was poached by the Daily Mirror when Piers Morgan took over as editor and continues to write a weekly news column paper today.

Tony broke into television in the 1990s with regular appearances on the Late Review where he, Alison Pearson, Tom Paulin and Mark Lawson formed a regular panel to discuss the latest developments in art and culture. Tony has since fronted documentary series' such as Parsons on Class and Without Walls, while also making guest appearances on programmes like Celebrity Mastermind, Question Time and The One Show.

Tony is the author of Man and Boy, winner of the Book of the Year Prize. His subsequent novels — One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell and My Favourite Wife — were all bestsellers. In 2010 Tony published Men from the Boys — the third part to the trilogy that began with Man and Boy.

The Murder Bag was the first in a bestselling new crime series featuring DC Max Wolfe, followed by The Slaughter Man and The Hanging Club.

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Performer

Himself 
Producer Rosemary McGowan and Paul Whitehouse
Director Declan Lowney
Starring
  • Johnny Vegas
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    BBC Television for BBC 2
     
    Producer Fiona Hamilton
    Director Derek Hallworth
    Starring
  • Paul Gambaccini
  • Russell Grant
  • John Humphrys
  • Diane Parish
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    Quiz show. The celebrity spin-off of the long running quiz Mastermind, examining celebrity contestants on their general knowledge.
    BBC Television for BBC 1
     

    Presenter

    Big Mouth
    9 x 60'
    Producer Mike Lerner
    Director Mike Lerner
    Starring
  • Bryan Appleyard
  • Miranda Sawyer
  • Toby Young
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    Entertainment show discussing cultural events, trends and releases, where guests say exactly what they think.
    Rapido Television for Channel 4
     
    Producer Mary Downes
    Director Mike Connolly & Teresa Smith
    Starring
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    Documentary series. Tony Parsons examines class in Britain.
    BBC Television for BBC 2
     
    Producer Mark Bell
    Director Michael Poole
    Starring
  • Bonnie Greer
  • Mark Lawson
  • Tom Paulin
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    Panel show discussing the latest events and releases in Theatre, Film, Literature and Art.
    BBC Television for BBC 2
     
    Producer Michael Burke & Maggie Sutcliffe
    Director Sarah Marris
    Starring
  • Danny Baker
  • Steven Berkoff
  • Wilf Stevenson
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    Fabula Films for Channel 4
     

    Other

    Writer

     
    Daily tabloid newspaper.
     
     
    Monthly men's magazine exploring fashion, style, culture and lifestyle.