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The family history series will celebrate its 10th anniversary and its 100th episode in the upcoming series on BBC One this summer.
Maxine Watson, BBC Commissioning Editor of Documentaries, said: "Since its launch in 2004, audiences have savoured the often unexpected and emotional journeys into family history.
"As we celebrate 10 fantastic years in 2014, another 10 famous faces discover more about themselves through their past. The new series promises to continue to deliver BBC One audiences the laughter, »
The former presenter of the BBC's politics programme said that the show is made by "13-year-olds" and that he had become a "one-nation Tory".
Paxman presented his last edition of the BBC Two show after 25 years earlier this month.
Speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival, he spoke about the final edition which featured a tandem bike ride through London with Boris Johnson, in which the London Mayor called him the "last" one-nation Tory at the BBC.
"I have to be frank, I suppose I am a one-nation Tory, yes," Paxman said. "Look, Newsnight is made by 13-year-olds. It's perfectly normal when you're young that you want to change the world.
"The older you get, the more you realise what a fools' errand much of that »
Jeremy Paxman says 'Newsnight' is made by ''13 year olds''. The 63-year-old broadcaster, who presented his final edition of the BBC Two current affairs programme last week, has admitted he didn't always agree with the politics of idealistic producers who thought they could ''change the world''. He is quoted by the Daily Telegraph newspaper as saying: ''Look, 'Newsnight' is made by 13 year olds. It's perfectly normal when you're young that you want to change the world. ''The older you get, the more you realise what a fools' errand much of that is and that the thing to do is to manage the »
Paxman, like current affairs TV itself, has hardly changed in 25 years, while digital media has transformed political debate
Any week in which the king of Spain and Jeremy Paxman both abdicate is one to remember. But there's no doubt who left amid the biggest slurp of unctuous adulation. Juan Carlos may have saved a nation for democracy; Jp departed describing the next contender for democratic leadership as "as popular as a flatulent dog in a lift". Oh! how we were all supposed to chortle, and wipe a tear from the eye.
In fact, there was a sinking feeling once the japes of his final show the tandem trip with Boris, the guest gag with Michael Howard, the signoff weather forecast took hold. Have I got old Newsnight for you? Or rather, Grumpy Old Men 2, with Paxman in the Walter Matthau role. Was this weary, sardonic smiler, seen earlier trading coy »
- Peter Preston
The BBC Two show was seen by 1.1m (7.9%) at 10.30pm, rising by several hundreds of thousands of viewers from its usual rating. It is also the highest rating since the UK riots back in August 2011.
Earlier, Tigers About the House appealed to 1.9m (9.7%) at 8pm, followed by Coast Australia with 1.3m (5.5%) at 9pm and Episodes with 681k (3.7%) at 10pm.
BBC One's World Cup coverage of Spain's exit scored 8.0m (38.7%) at 7.30pm. The Trouble with Mobility Scooters intrigued 2.0m (16.5%) at 10.35pm.
On ITV, All-Star Mr & Mrs entertained 3.0m (14.6%) at 8pm (140k/0.6% on +1), while a Benidorm repeat amused 1.7m (7.5%) at 9pm (206k/1.2%). The World Cup game between Cameroon and Croatia brought in 1.9m (23.1%) at 10.30pm.
Is Jeremy Paxman about to join Channel 4? The BBC presenter, who fronted his final Newsnight on Wednesday night, did little to scotch the rumours in a cosy interview with Jon Snow for Channel 4 News. Snow began the package by singing a pay tribute song titled Paxo Dont Go in the BBC foyer, backed by a folky band.
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- Guardian Staff
The 63-year-old presenter, who had led the current affairs series for 25 years, bowed out in a show that featured interviews with London mayor Boris Johnson on a tandem bicycle, former Labour spin doctor Peter Mandelson and ex-Home Secretary Michael Howard.
Paxman closed the broadcast with the message: "Thank you for watching Newsnight. I hope you continue to enjoy it. Goodnight and goodbye."
After the credits, he stood in front of a weather map to present one final forecast: "And tomorrow's weather - more of the same. I don't know why they make such a fuss about it."
During the programme, Paxman jokingly asked Johnson why London's Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme - otherwise known as "Boris Bikes" - were "such a failure".
Johnson insisted that the scheme was a "howling success" and »
Presenters final outing after 25 years on BBC show will feature interview with London mayor Boris Johnson while on a tandem
Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt is said to have been in contact with Paxman since it was announced in late April he was stepping down from Newsnight about the possibility of working with Channel 4.
One moment in time #c4news pic.twitter.com/ayjIPrqeXj
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- Tara Conlan and agencies
As the arch interviewer steps down from Newsnight we round up the best clips from his 25 years on the show, from the skewering of Chloe Smith to the 'night of 12 times' with Michael Howard, via some scorn for the weather
It's Jeremy Paxman's last time in the Newsnight chair tonight and the BBC have put out this teaser of the interviewer and London Mayor Boris Johnson sharing a tandem. Ahead of his final show, we look back on Paxman's best moments:
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- Mark Smith and James Randerson
Hundreds of items, including two screens from the Politics Show, will be auctioned online later this month, following the closure of the BBC Television Centre.
An oar used in a BBC drama about two British rowers who won Gold at the London 1948 Olympics is also available, while a number of lip microphones, an outside broadcast phone and metal signs are included as well, BBC News reports.
Some of the items going up for auction date back to the 1930s, according to auctioneers Peaker Pattinson.
Peaker Pattinson managing director Elizabeth Sewell said: "There is a range of equipment, much of it technical - but for the general public we have studio clocks - which are quite iconic - we sold a lot of these from Bush House when it closed."
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'Poets now seem to be talking to other poets... [not] people as a whole,' said the outgoing Newsnight presenter and Forward prize judge. Really? Help us compile examples of poems in film, TV, radio or any other pop-culture media and share your personal experiences of poetry in daily life
Judging the Forward prize for poetry must have been a perplexing experience for Jeremy Paxman: he has suggested the need for an "inquisition" in which "poets [would be] called to account for their poetry", and explain to their audience why they chose their subject and form. Paxman found "a whole pile of really good poems", but he wished that contemporary poetry "would raise its game a little bit, raise its sights", and "aim to engage with ordinary people much more".
Classic poetry has a definite place in popular culture, living on in readings, weddings and funerals. But as Jeremy Noel-Tod, editor of »
- Marta Bausells
Newsnight presenter inflames nationalists by claiming an Englishman invented the kilt and hits out at BBC hospitality
It's been a busy few days for Jeremy Paxman. Not only did the outgoing Newsnight presenter enrage the UK's poets by claiming the form had "connived at its own irrelevance" by not engaging with the public, he took on a potentially more dangerous enemy the Scots. The Independent reports that Paxman told BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live: "Increasingly, since there is now such a head of steam in Scotland for hating the English, I describe myself as English, although I am in fact one quarter Scottish. Its interesting, isnt it, that in this union of supposed equals, only one side gets to vote on whether the union continues." Pressed by presenter Aasmah Mir, Paxman qualified his comments: Hate is overstating it, and I apologise. But it is to do with a detestation of being ruled from London. »
The 36-year-old has moved back to the UK for the new role, after relocating to the Us. She explained: "I got back to London six weeks ago.
"I've gone from Sunday morning television to Newsnight, but you know we've all got to grow up. It's all highbrow now."
Last month, Paxman confirmed that he will leave the current affairs show in June, after taking the decision last summer to move on from the programme. »
The comic and his dad Michael will host a World Cup edition of the chat show on Tuesday, June 3 at 10pm on BBC Three.
The pair will also return for a Father's Day special later in the month.
Backchat features games and quizzes with celebrity guests, while Jack's father Michael interjects with questions and observations.
Watch a clip from the first series below: »
The stars will be on hand at the Theatre Royal in London to collect honorary BAFTA Awards on Sunday (May 18).
Graham Norton: What's the BAFTA host's favourite TV?
Black - who recently celebrated 50 years in showbusiness - has been chosen as this year's recipient of the Special Award.
Walters will receive the BAFTA Fellowship, which is the highest award that the Academy can bestow.
"I am honoured to receive this prestigious award and extremely shocked," she has said of her award.
"I've worked with some brilliant people over the years and have been very fortunate to have had the opportunities to work on such a variety of projects."
Graham Norton hosts the British Academy Television Awards, which air »
Cilla Black is an absolute British institution, so we’re very pleased to announce that Cilla, the television entertainer, actress and singer, will be presented with the Special Award at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 18th May at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
The Special Award will be given to Cilla Black in recognition of an outstanding contribution to television entertainment of over 50 years. Previous recipients include Clare Balding, Simon Cowell, Jon Snow, Murray Walker, Jeremy Paxman and Kate Adie. Andrew Newman, Chairman of BAFTA’s Television Committee, had this to say:
“Cilla Black is a true icon in the television and entertainment industry. From hosting her own show for the BBC in ‘68 to defining ITV entertainment throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, Cilla has been an extremely popular and hugely influential entertainer throughout her long career in television. Last year she celebrated her half-century in show »
- Dan Bullock
Good Morning Britain viewers who have had their fantasies thwarted might like to turn their attention to the outgoing Newsnight presenter instead
I'd planned to write about the Jeremy Clarkson N-word controversy, but since everyone else in Britain has already filed 850 words on the subject, I won't. That's both a relief and a pity because I'd thought of a troublesome opening gag that, despite being broadly absurdist and actually rather well-meaning, might have been interpreted as racist itself because it also made use of the N-word, thereby leading to phone calls and apologies and ultimately a public beheading. I typed it out, then deleted it, typed it out again, deleted it again, ummed and ahhed and decided it wasn't worth it. You'll never know what that joke was now. Your life's ruined.
- Charlie Brooker
Political interviews are getting harder. But sometimes the Fern Britton approach is more effective than Paxman's battering ram
Should you ever have been driven over slowly by a talking lorry, then you will already have an idea of how it feels to interview Gordon Brown. First would come the crushingly heavy wheels of his argument. Then he would reverse over you, beeping statistics. Only once you were road kill would he pause long enough for you to ask a question, for all the good that did. The lorry would simply unload whatever story it had previously decided to unload, with a crash, and that was that. But the infuriating thing was that once the tape was off, he could be riveting a soaring intellect released, like a helium balloon when someone lets the string go.
It takes a battering ram to pierce the fortress mentality of too many modern politicians, »
- Gaby Hinsliff
Jeremy Paxman quit Newsnight this week, and my first thought was: I wonder if they'll replace him with a comedian? It's not such an outlandish idea. We've had comedians on Question Time. The most buzzy current affairs shows in the Us are the comic ones: The Daily Show, of course, but also Brummie comic John Oliver's new show on HBO, launched last weekend. Some of the biggest political stories Russell Brand on democracy; Jimmy Carr's taxes involve comics. And Newsnight itself has become more light-hearted since Ian Katz took over last year. At a time when nothing is judged any the worse for a sprinkling of standup stardust, might this be the moment for Newsnight to go for the funny? »
- Brian Logan
Jeremy Paxman was reprimanded by the BBC's director of news over negative comments he made about the corporation before the announcement of his departure from Newsnight, it has emerged. Last month, Paxman said in an interview that the corporation was "smug" and complained about how Radio 1Xtra being played in the lifts was "hell".
According to sources, the incident prompted James Harding, the director of BBC News, to send a note reprimanding Paxman for his public criticism of the corporation. Insiders claim that Harding said Paxman's comments were disloyal and that Paxman replied, rejecting the accusation and pointing out his long service at the corporation.
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- Tara Conlan
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