Jeremy Paxman's best Newsnight interviews

From Tony Blair to Russell Brand, five of the best, most cringe-inducing, most entertaining interviews from the Newsnight grand inquisitor, who steps down tonight after 25 years...

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Jeremy Paxman's best Newsnight interviews
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"Jeremy has led from the front: fearless, aggressive and persistent," said James Harding, the BBC's director of news and current affairs, after Paxman announced he would be leaving Newsnight after 25 years as its grand inquisitor. "The only people really celebrating his decision will be the politicians and public figures he has so often and so brilliantly held to account.”

Most of the following fall very much into that category, although Paxman's clash with Russell Brand seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by both parties...


Paxman v Home Secretary Michael Howard (1997)

From 4 minutes: “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?” “Did you threaten to overrule him?”


Paxman v Minister for the Treasury Chloe Smith (2012)

From 6 minutes 20: "You’ve come here to defend a change of policy. You can't even tell me when you were told what the change of policy was... You were told some time today, clearly – was it before lunch or after lunch?"


Paxman versus comedian and actor Russell Brand

"If you can’t be arsed to vote, why should we be arsed to listen to your political point of view?" (Paxman later admitted in Radio Times magazine that he understood Brand's opposition to voting)


Paxman versus Prime Minister Tony Blair

From 8 minutes 50: "When you go back to those old-fashioned values, how are they consonant with your party taking money from a pornographer?"

"These are the people that own the Express newspaper?"

"Yes. They also own Horny Housewives, Megaboobs, Posh Wives, Skinny and Wriggly..."


Paxman versus British peer Conrad Black

"Now, Monsters Inc..."

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