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Jeremy Paxman's Last Newsnight: The Best Bits


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Politicians and decision makers held up a glass last night as Jeremy Paxman, famous for his uncompromising interviewing style, signed off on his last ever Newsnight after 25 years at the helm of The BBC’s current affairs spearhead.

Jeremy PaxmanJeremy Paxman is hanging up his tie after 25 years on the job

Director general Tony Hall has described Paxman as "a rare and dazzling talent", while the corporation's head of news, James Harding, said he had become the "great lion of BBC journalism" who "never failed to ask the difficult questions".

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014 Is The Biggest Ever. Promise.


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With 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is set to be the biggest yet. Organisers are promising a "truly unboring experience” while 299 venues will be used across the city, compared to the 273 used in 2013 to accommodate the extra fun.

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Kevin Spacey Gives Paxman An F-Bomb To Defuse On BBC 2's Newsnight


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Kevn Spacey’s liberal use of the English language was there for all to see and hear on Wednesday’s (June 4) Newsnight. Host, Jeremy Paxman, did his best to warn the audience, but the House of Cards actor has clearly reached that point in his career. 

Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey presumerably knows flat-caps and converses aren't cool and doesn't care

"Be warned, though. He likes the odd Anglo-Saxonism," forewarned Paxman, who has recently decided to hang up his clipboard and leave Newsnight after 25 years at the helm. And when the conversation drifted towards the British capital, Spacey let fly. 

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Why Jeremy Paxman Is Concentrating On Beards For One Man Show At Edinburgh Fringe


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Jeremy Paxman is making the move from grumpy broadcaster to one-man entertainer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his new show, PAXMAN. But why, oh why, is the Newsnight presenter focussing so much on beards?

Jeremy PaxmanHere's Jeremy Paxman, but without a beard

Well it’s probably got something to do with the awful reception his facial hair received back in August of 2013. He was even trending on twitter because of his chin choices, and it’s fair to say Britain’s 26th rudest man – as determined by GQ – was shaken by this. 

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Jeremy Paxman Hitting Edinburgh Fringe With One-Man Show: PAXMAN


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Jeremy Paxman has cultivated a reputation for being uncompromising and fairly rude while presenting both Newsnight and University Challenge. But don’t take our word for it; GQ were the ones that voted him Great Britain’s 26th rudest person. 

Jeremy PaxmanJeremy Paxman will take his grumpy persona to The Fringe in Edinburgh

But we might be seeing a different side to Paxman this summer, or at least the people who buy tickers to see his one-man show in Edinburgh will. Entitled ‘PAXMAN’, the daily performance will see the polarizing broadcaster cover subjects like “pogonophobia, underpants and the human condition." Pogonophobia is the fear of bears, by the way. Something Paxman probably developed when his own facial hair didn’t go down well. 

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Piers Morgan Questioned By Police Over Hacking Scandal


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Piers Morgan, the former editor of The Daily Mirror, has been questioned in the hacking scandal. The Metropolitan Police confirmed a 48-year-old journalist was interviewed under caution on 6 December.

Piers MorganPiers Morgan was questioned by investigators

In a statement to The Guardian, a spokesperson, Mr Morgan said:

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Matthew Perry Defends Drug Addiction In Peter Hitchens 'Newsnight' Clash [Video]


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Matthew Perry has marked a temporary shift from comedy acting by moving into the more serious spheres of political debate and current affairs. The Friends actor appeared on the BBC's news analysis programme Newsnight last night (16th Dec.) to defend his views on drug addiction and specialist courts.

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Matthew Perry Appeared On 'Newsnight' To Defend His Views On Drugs.

Perry, 44, has battled drug addiction with stays in rehab since the late 90s and was invited on the programme as part of a of a debate on specialist courts - in which former addicts sit as lay magistrates dealing with abuse-related crimes. Perry firmly argued for the use of specialist courts, saying "I know that they work. People that go through drug court have a 55% less chance of ever seeing handcuffs ever again."

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Jack Whitehall And His Father Team Up In 'Backchat': What's The Verdict?


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Jack Whitehall teams up with his theatrical agent father for his latest show 'Backchat with Jack Whitehall and His Dad', the first episode of which has hit TV screens to a warm welcome.

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Michael and Jack Whitehall team up for the latter's latest show

Jack Whitehall has had a string of comedy successes in recent years such as 'Hit The Road Jack', which saw him on a comedy tour of the UK in 2012; Channel 4 comedy show 'Fresh Meat', in which he stars as an upper-class, wannabe ladykiller at university; and his self-written school comedy 'Bad Education' which sees him play a generally useless young teacher.

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BBC Gears Up For 4 Year WWI Season With 2,500 Hours Of Programming


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The BBC is preparing a colossal and extensive remembrance of the first world war with a four year-spanning theme of programming based upon the events of the war which began in 1914 and ended in 1918. The ambitious set of programming and events will be applied across television, radio and online from 2014-2018, echoing the time frame of the war itself.

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Ian McDiarmid Will Be Involved In A WWI Political Drama.

During this time period, there will be 130 newly commissioned programmes and a total run time of almost 2,500 hours. "I want 2014 to be remembered for our national commemoration of all those who served on the battlefield and on the Home Front," said BBC chief Tony Hall, via BBC News. "And a chance for us all to learn something new about a war we think we know well."

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Jeremy Paxman Scolds David Cameron For Celebrating Catastrophic WWI


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Jeremy Paxman has criticised Prime Minister David Cameron for comments he made about Britain celebrating the centenary of World War I. In a speech in October, Mr Cameron said he wanted to see "commemoration that, like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, says something about who we are as a people."

Newsnight presenter Paxman told the Radio Times that the centenary events should "have almost nothing in common" with the Jubilee. The Prime Minister had promised a "truly national commemoration" in 2014 to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the war and the dates of the major battles.

The sharp-tongued Paxman, whose great uncle died in the war, said that "not to acknowledge the war's significance would be wilful myopia," though warned that the "the whole catastrophe has been overlain with myth and legend."

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Jeremy Paxman Wednesday 23rd May 2012 'A Celebration of the Arts' held at the Royal Academy of Arts - Outside Arrivals.

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Jeremy Paxman Monday 15th February 2010 'Mid Summer Night Dream' photocall at the Rose Theatre in Kingston London, England

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Jeremy Paxman Tuesday 11th September 2007 20th British Art Fair opening London, England

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