Interesting Media is me, Paul Kirkley. Hello. A multi-award-winning journalist with more than 20 years’ experience, I am now a writer for hire (which is my way of making “freelance journalist” sound more like The A-Team).

Current / recent work includes writing for Rolling StoneRadio TimesThe GuardianThe New StatesmanClassic Pop, Yahoo Movies, Doctor Who Magazine, TV Years and SFX. I write weekly features and celebrity interviews for Waitrose Weekend – for which I am also the resident TV critic. I also contribute regularly to BBC radio and am a columnist for the Cambridge Independent (for which I was named UK Columnist of the Year at the 2020 Regional Press Awards).

As an interviewer, I spend my days talking to people with far more glamorous and interesting lives than my own, and over the years have enjoyed audiences with Tom Hanks, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, Kurt Russell, Dave Grohl, Joan Collins, Ray Davies, Shania Twain, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeff Goldblum, Lenny Henry, Elvis Costello, Tom Jones, Ian McKellen, Diane Keaton, Jack Black, Boris Becker, Matt Smith, Amy Winehouse, Ricky Gervais, Burt Bacharach, Eric Idle, Roger Daltrey, Ron Howard, Joanna Lumley, Lulu, Honor Blackman, Debbie Reynolds, Dawn French, Cyndi Lauper and… well, you get the point.

My book, the Amazon best-selling Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who, was published in March 2015, followed by the second volume in December 2016.

You can read more about my career to date and the awards people have been kind enough to give me here, and see examples of my work in the menu tabs above.

Thanks for visiting – if you’re interested in my services, drop me a line at

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