In television debates between party leaders, vying politicians will often shout over one another so much that neither is able to get a word in edgeways and viewers reach the end of the programme none the wiser.
Since Theresa May has refused to engage in a head-to-head debate with Jeremy Corbyn during campaigning for this year’s snap election, this risk should have been eradicated. Alas, it wasn’t – Jeremy Paxman made sure of that.
On Monday night, May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10 saw the two party leaders appear separately to answer questions from a studio audience, before being interviewed by Paxman.
Watch the Paxman interviews again here
Known for his sharp, quick-as-a-bullet technique of outsmarting interviewees and backing them into corners, many viewers were disappointed to see that Paxman had instead veered into bullish and confused attack mode, which left the party leaders unable to answer his questions.
Paxman seems to have forgotten that an interview is much better if you have the occasional answer. #BattleForNumber10
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) May 29, 2017
And it was concluded that Paxman failed to crack Theresa May…
So @theresa_may has not given an inch to Paxman. He has not elicited anything from her at all we didn’t already know
— Robert Peston (@Peston) May 29, 2017
All in all, both interviewees seem to have emerged relatively unscathed – and having given hardly anything away. Looks like we might have Paxman to thank for that.