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MICHAEL PARKINSON (article first published : 2004-11-13)

On November 14 at 22h10 on M-Net just after the Sunday Blockbuster movie, Britain's favourite presenting duo of UK Idols fame, ANT and DEC, join Michael Parkinson and discuss their further three year deal to stay at ITV. Also, Dec explains why he decided not to be a priest and why they don't consider going on solo projects.

"No not at the moment. Everything we're planning for the future is with the two of us involved,” he says. “We love working together and we're pleased with the shows we do. We have made a pact that if one of us wants to do something and the other one doesn't fancy it we're not going to get cross and have a row."

Dec continues: "At the moment it's a very exciting time for us. We're just about to sign a new three-year deal to stay here at ITV. So we're very excited about that. And all the projects we've got for those three years are for the two of us. So there's nothing on the horizon where we're working individually. So at least for the next three years we're stuck with each other."

Michael talks about Dec's brother being a priest and asks if he ever found the calling. Dec replies: "I didn't, no. It's been said many times but that's not actually the case.... I went to an all boys catholic school and they ask you to consider whether that would be your true vocation. I thought about it. But then I saw the local convent school walking by and I decided it wasn't quite for me."

Joining them in the line-up is world's best-loved screen and stage stars, Dame Julie Andrews, who'll talk candidly about her life and her struggles. She recounts her journey in life after she lost her voice. She admits: "It's about the same, unfortunately, and I'm not really going to be singing again, I don't think....sadly, I think it was too damaged. And the joy of singing with an orchestra, you can imagine, but the miracle is that I don't know what I'm meant to learn from this but I've never been busier and I must say life is very good right now."

The final guest is the international globetrotter, Michael Palin, who recounts interesting and hilarious tales of his international travels and talks about his comedy career including Ripping Yarns.




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