With Jeremy Paxman back in the interviewing chair for tonight’s live separate Q&As with David Cameron and Ed Miliband, we take a look at the formidable interviewer’s most memorable moments, grilling some of the biggest names in politics.
- Micheal Howard
Who can forget Paxman’s most infamous interview, with the then home secretary Micheal Howard in 1997. Paxman persistently questions the politician “Did you threaten to overrule him” making for some brilliant although uncomfortable television.
- Tony Blair
Paxman was at his usual persistent self when interviewing Tony Blair about his funding from Richard Desmond.
- Chloe Smith
When George Osborne failed to defend his plans to a 3p rise in fuel duty, he sent his junior treasury minister, 30-year-old Chloe Smith, who crumbled under Paxman’s gruelling interviewing technique.
- Nick Griffin
The British National Party leader faced Paxman’s wrath on Newsnight in 2010.
- Russell Brand
Paxman’s interview with Russell Brand generated much attention in 2014, with the presenter asking “If you can’t be arsed to vote, why should we be arsed to listen to your political point of view?”