Jeremy Paxman - image courtesy Chris Floyd

Jeremy Paxman


Jeremy Paxman is an award-winning journalist, author and television presenter.  He has worked for the BBC since 1977 and has been the presenter of Newsnight, University Challenge and many BBC documentaries on various subjects including Victorian art, the Empire, Wilfred Owen and most recently the four-part series Britain’s Great War.

Jeremy was born in Yorkshire in 1950, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. For three years in the mid-seventies, he was based in Northern Ireland, where he covered the Troubles for the BBC. In 1977, he joined the Tonight programme, for which he was a roving reporter. This was followed by five years as a reporter on Panorama, where assignments took him frequently to Africa, the Americas and the Middle East.

He anchored Newsnight for 25 years from 1989.  For several years, he also presented Start The Week on BBC Radio Four, and he became chairman of University Challenge in 1994. He writes widely for newspapers and magazines.

Jeremy’s books include A Higher Form of Killing (with Robert Harris); Through the Volcanoes: A Central American Journey; Friends in High Places: Who Runs Britain?; Fish, Fishing, and the Meaning of Life; and the best-sellers The English: A Portrait Of A People, The Political Animal and On Royalty. His book The Victorians on the Victorians as seen through their art was published in March 2009. Empire: What Ruling The World Did To The British was published by Penguin in October 2011 and the accompanying series was broadcast on BBC1 in 2012.  His most recent book, Great Britain’s Great War was published in October 2013.