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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 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 »
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
No longer will we see politicians quaking in their boots, producers being slammed live on TV and awkward chats with rappers.
Possibly the sign of things to come in terms of Newsnight incorporating surprising guests and skits (see Cookie Monster and 'Thriller'). Paxman took part in a rather bizarre interview with Dizzee Rascal following Barack Obama's presidential victory in 2008. When asking Dizzee he believed in political parties in Britain, the rapper replied: "Yeah, they exist, I believe in them. But I don't know if I care," adding: "If you believe, you can achieve, innit." The awkward silences after Dizzee's points are also classic. »
4 items from 2014
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