Jeremy Paxman is one of Britain's best known TV presenters, respected for his forthright interviewing style. His skills in this respect were always to the fore during his tenure on BBC2's flagship Newsnight programme, often taking bombastic politicians down a peg or two in the process! Jeremy left Newsnight in 2014 after 25 years of presenting the programme but continues to be a familiar face on our TV screens as the question master of University Challenge. As with Newsnight, Jeremy naturally takes an authoritative stance, balanced as always by a ready wit.
Jeremy has worked for the BBC since 1972, starting out as a roving reporter in Northern Ireland and quickly establishing himself as someone who could prepare pertinent news items that provided a clear yet in-depth analysis of the complex sectarian situation. In 1977, he joined the Tonight programme as a reporter, followed by five years on Panorama, where assignments took him to Africa, the Americas and the Middle East. Back in the UK, Jeremy became an anchor man on The Six O'Clock News for two years, before moving to BBC1's Breakfast Time programme.
Other TV programmes that Jeremy has presented or appeared in include Did You See?, You Decide, The Victorians, Empire, Britain's Great War and David Cameron And Ed Miliband Live: The Battle For Number 10. Jeremy also appeared as himself in an episode of the BBC2 comedy The Thick Of It, which aired in January 2007.
On radio, Jeremy presented the BBC Radio 4 show Start The Week from 1998 to 2002.
Jeremy's first book, A Higher Form Of Killing (1982), which was written with BBC colleague and friend Robert Harris, arose out of an edition of the Panorama programme they had made together on biological and chemical warfare. Subsequent books include Through the Volcanoes: A Central American Journey, Friends In High Places: Who Runs Britain?, The English: A Portrait of a People, The Political Animal: An Anatomy, Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British, and Great Britain's Great War.
In 1996, Jeremy received BAFTA's Richard Dimbleby Award for Outstanding Presenter In The Factual Arena. Two years later he won the Royal Television Society's Interviewer Of The Year Award for his Newsnight interview with Michael Howard, as well as the Broadcasting Press Guild's Award for best Non-Acting Performer. In total, Jeremy has won five Royal Television Society Awards.
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- Charmingly straight-talking, quick-witted comedian ideal for awards hosting and stand-up.
- Quiz Show host, actor, writer and broadcaster.
- Popular host of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…Now! , The Match, Hells Kitchen Extra Portions and Double or Nothing.
Mark Durden Smith