When Michael Parkinson was 13, his coal miner father took him down the pit cage at their local colliery in Barnsley. The young boy was scared stiff by the sight of grown men crawling on their bellies in a seam just three feet wide, and announced back at the surface that he would not do such a job for the then princely sum of £100 a week. It was exactly what Jack Parkinson wanted to...
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