Getting to know Michael...
What’s your favourite film?
Blade Runner. It takes me straight back to my time as a bright eyed & uber-enthusiastic Junior Producer in Manchester. The sets, the (astonishingly low-budget) special effects, the haunting music & the performances still thrill me.
What’s your favourite book?
Brideshead Revisited – I’m convinced that in a previous life I was a well-heeled undergraduate studying at Oxford in the 1920’s.
What telly are you addicted to?
Line of Duty.
Where would you most like to be right now?
Very happy where I am in my little snug at home.
Where’s the best place you’ve travelled to?
St Emilion, the heart of French red wine production.
What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
Classic Rock of the 1970's – anything on David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Led Zeppelin & I’d stand a pretty good chance.
What’s your favourite sport to watch or play?
What’s the best soundtrack to a long car journey?
My musical tastes are broad. I still have every 45rpm & vinyl album that I bought in my teens, every cassette tape I acquired as a student, literally thousands of CDs & an iTunes library of 40,000 tracks. Spotify has been transformational for me as I now access new music on a daily basis. A long car journey would be the perfect opportunity to give a platform to new artists & albums, or revisit some Classic Rock 1970-76.
What’s the best thing about Manchester?
Tell us about your pet.
Sid Vicious, a long haired Jack Russell is, by common consent, the greatest dog in the world.
Sunday brunch or Sunday roast?
Sunday Roast - always! Lamb preferably, beef a close second, chicken or pork are perfectly acceptable alternatives.
Finish this sentence - ‘I can usually be spotted in the office…
... mostly at Board Meetings, which I love'.