Michael Crick

Michael Crick is a journalist, biographer and broadcaster.

Born in 1958, Crick was educated at Manchester Grammar School and New College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union, edited Cherwell and founded the Oxford Handbook. After two years as a trainee journalist with ITN, he was a founder member of Channel 4 News in 1982, and later served as the programme’s Washington Correspondent. He joined the BBC in 1990, first as a reporter on Panorama. From 1992 he worked part-time for Newsnight, where he had a reputation for pursuing politicians. He won a Royal Television Society award in 1989, and another in 2002 for his Panorama special on Jeffrey Archer. He was the political editor of Newsnight from 2007-11, then returned to Channel 4 News as political correspondent.

Michael Crick’s first book, Militant (Faber, 1984), is still acknowledged as the definitive account of how the Trotskyist Militant Tendency infiltrated the Labour Party. This was followed by Scargill and the Miners (Penguin, 1985) and Manchester United: The Betrayal of a Legend (Pelham, 1989). More recently he has examined the lives of four highly controversial public figures, with Jeffrey Archer: Stranger than Fiction (Hamish Hamilton, 1995); Michael Heseltine: A Biography (Hamish Hamilton, 1997); The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson (Simon & Schuster, 2002), and In Search of Michael Howard (Simon & Schuster, 2005). He has also compiled Manchester United: The Complete Fact Book (Profile, 1999).

In 1998 he organised the group Shareholders United Against Murdoch which helped block the BSkyB takeover of Manchester United. He was subsequently Vice Chairman of Shareholders United, and served on the Manchester United Fans’ Forum. He attends nearly every United match.

‘Michael Crick makes biographical fairness into a lethal weapon.’
– Frederic Raphael, Sunday Times