Video: the greatest broadcast interviews of all time

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The BBC College of Journalism is holding an Art of the Interview season, celebrating the on-air conversations that have shaped opinions and changed lives. We’ve highlighted some of the most notorious exchanges on TV and radio over 52 years

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1959

Robin Day/Japanese Foreign Minister, ITN

Day confronts minister with Japanese ball bearings, copied from British ones


1960

John Freeman/Gilbert Harding, Face to Face, BBC TV

Harding cries when asked about the death of his mother

1968
David Frost/Kenneth Tynan and David Irving


1971

Michael Parkinson/Muhammad Ali


1976

Michael Parkinson/Emu


1976

Bill Grundy/Sex Pistols Today, ITV

Drunken mayhem


1977

Hugh Stephenson and James Bellini/Sir James Goldsmith, The Money Programme: Goldsmith accuses presenters of effectively lying in a previous programme. “Will you stand by what your reporters said last week?”


1977

David Frost/Richard Nixon


1981

Russell Harty/Grace Jones, BBC
She slaps him


1982

Diana Gould (Nationwide viewer)/Margaret Thatcher, BBC1

Roasting over the sinking of the Belgrano


1982

Robin Day/John Nott
Nott walks out


1985

Melvyn Bragg/Francis Bacon The South Bank Show, ITV
The pub crawl


1987

Brian Redhead/Nigel Lawson, Today, BBC Radio 4
Lawson accuses Redhead of bias


1987
Gordon Wilson – Enniskillen


1993

Oprah Winfrey/Michael Jackson
“The most watched interview ever”


1994

Melvyn Bragg/Dennis Potter, Channel 4
Potter’s final interview, in which he reveals he has named his cancer after Rupert Murdoch


1994

Paula Yates/Michael Hutchence, The Big Breakfast, Channel 4
Is this when they fell in love?


1995

Martin Bashir/Princess Diana, Panorama, BBC1

1997
Jeremy Paxman/Michael Howard, Newsnight, BBC2
“Did you threaten to overrule him?”


1999

Peter White/Christopher Reeve, No Triumph No Tragedy, BBC Radio 4


1999

Jenni Murray/Monica Lewinsky, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4


2003

Dan Rather/Saddam Hussein, CBS


2003

Jon Snow/Alastair Campbell, Channel 4 News


2003

Ruby Wax with Jim Carrey, BBC1
At the Dorchester, acting the fool


2003

Michael Parkinson/Meg Ryan, BBC1
Awkward


2005

Oprah Winfrey/Tom Cruise
Couch jumping


2008

Adam Boulton/George and Laura Bush, Sky News


2008

Katie Couric/Sarah Palin, CBS
Palin can’t name a single newspaper she reads


2009

Becky Milligan/Anthony Steen, The World at One, BBC Radio 4
On MPs’ expenses. “You know what it’s about? Jealousy.”


2009

Jenni Murray/Sharon Shoesmith, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4


2009

Kirsty Young/Morrissey, Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4


2009

Fern Britton/Tony Blair, Fern Britton Meets, BBC1
“I would have invaded Iraq anyway.”


2009

Baroness (PD) James/Mark Thompson, Today, BBC Radio 4<


2010

Jeremy Vine/Gordon Brown, BBC Radio 2
“She was just a sort of bigoted woman.”


2010

Jon Snow/Zac Goldsmith, Channel 4 News
“A complete travesty of the truth.”


2010

Jeremy Paxman/Mark Thompson, Newsnight, BBC2
Skippy on BBC4


2010

Piers Morgan/Cheryl Cole, Life Stories, ITV1
Real tears or fake?


2010

Adam Boulton/Alastair Campbell, Sky News


2010

Paxman Meets Hitchens
A Newsnight Special


2011

Sian Williams/PC David Rathband, Broadcasting House, BBC Radio 4


2011

Owen Bennett Jones/Michael Caine, The Interview, BBC World Service


2011

Tom Bradby/William and Kate, ITV News


2011

John Wilson/Bob Geldof, Meeting Myself Coming Back, BBC Radio 4


2011

Graham Norton/Lady Gaga, The Graham Norton Show, BBC1

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2011

Victoria Derbyshire/Ken Clarke, BBC Radio 5 Live
Clarke gaffe over “serious rape”