TV personality Michael Parkinson and Kylie Minogue are among those to be honoured by the Queen in the New Year Honours list.

The retired chat show host, 72, has been knighted for services to broadcasting while Minogue’s OBE is for services to music.

Sir Michael told BBC Online: “I never imagined it would happen. It’s just fantastic, wonderful – a great honour.

“I haven’t really taken it in. It’s something I’ll get used to, hopefully, in the coming years.”

However, he said he would still swap his knighthood for a cap for his beloved Yorkshire Cricket Club.

Other honoured personalities from the world of TV and film included Sir Ian McKellen, who joined the exclusive Order of the Companion of Honour, which is restricted to 65 members, including the Queen.

Minogue, 39, said she was ‘almost as surprised as I am honoured’ by her OBE.

TV presenter Des Lynam was also appointed OBE, as was BBC newscaster George Alagiah.

Julie Walters (CBE), Leslie Phillips (CBE) and Richard Griffiths (OBE) join the other performers on the list.