Jeremy Paxman: 5 Of His Best Interviews

As the Newsnight host announces his retirement, we look at his best moments

After 25 years of taking evasive politicians to pieces, Jeremy Paxman announced he was vacating the Newsnight chair this week.

Like most of the nation, we'll miss what The Thick Of It's Malcolm Tucker described as "the big rubbery horse-face of mock incredulity".

He we reflect on some of Paxo's most bruising moments. We may never see another like him again.

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1 | Paxman VS… Russell Brand

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After prince of tomfoolery Russell Brand guest-edited The New Statesman, Paxman sat down with him to discuss why a man who has never voted should be trying to spark a political revolution. Cool, calm and collected, if a little condescending.


2 | Paxman VS… Tony Blair

On the topic of faith schools, Paxman makes then PM Tony Blair squirm as his beliefs get tied up in very articulate knots. The phrase “I’m not sure” gets bandied about quite a few times.

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3 | Paxman VS… Nick Griffin

Political pseudo-villain Nick Griffin gets the heavy end of Paxman’s disdain over misappropriated war medals, getting the dates of the election wrong and the definition of the word ‘indigenous’.


4 | Paxman VS… George Galloway

Paxman’s vigorous questioning is one of the reasons he makes such a compelling host, and his 2005 interview with George Galloway, who repeatedly refused to answer Paxman’s questions, ends with one of Paxman’s trademark eye-rolls.


5 | Paxman VS… Boris Johnson

In which everyone’s favourite London Mayor stumbles around the question of how much his new London bus scheme is actually going to cost. Paxman gets so wound up he actually starts walking across the studio towards BoJo, before giving up.

 

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