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2nd May '15 4:00:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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British weekday current affairs programme, running continuously on weekdays since 1980. It currently airs at 10.30pm on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Two]], after the BBC One news.

Famous for its style of interviewing, which involves [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking the same question several times]] to a politician who is clearly trying to avoid answering (most famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KHMO14KuJk Michael Howard]], who was asked the same question - "Did you threaten to overrule him?"[[note]] "him" being the Director of Prisons[[/note]] - ''twelve'' times and still waffled around without giving an answer - even though the answer turned out, apparently, years later, to be "no"[[note]] Although according to documents released the year after this was a lie and the real answer was 'Yes'[[/note]]). Jeremy Paxman (a rare newsreader example of the DeadpanSnarker) is the best known presenter.

Once upon a time, the other star was Peter Snow, whose enthusiasm in explaining wars with [[TheBigBoard sandpits]] or elections with a "[[ThingOMeter swing-o-meter]]" was a joy to behold.

For some years, the final half hour on Fridays was given over to ''Newsnight Review'', which covered the arts and had a panel of famous artists and critics reviewing new movies, music, exhibits, etc. (Cuttingly satirised by ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]''.) In 2013 the show was renamed ''The Revew Show'', shunted to [=BBC=] Four, and then axed. The rest of the week, this time was given over to ''Newsnight Scotland'' in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Scotland]], until it too was axed in 2014.

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!!This show contains examples of:
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The "Did you threaten to overrule him?" incident.
* TheBigBoard: The show used to have a sandpit for illustrating military activities.
* CallBack: The notorious 1997 "Did you threaten to overrule him?" incident was, as noted above, revisited in 2004, and again for a gag item in Jeremy Paxman's last edition in 2014.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: All the hosts who aren't Paxman.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Possible reason why Paxman can insult his editor, the audience, and the BBC live on air with no consequences.
** Paxman seriously considered quitting in November 2012 due to the way the BBC were handling [[NoodleIncident the Lord McAlpine problem]]. Almost anyone else would have been politely asked to leave after what he said about management during that period.

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British weekday current affairs programme, running continuously on weekdays since 1980. It currently airs at 10.30pm on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Two]], after the BBC One news.

Famous for its style of interviewing, which involves [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking the same question several times]] to a politician who is clearly trying to avoid answering (most famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KHMO14KuJk Michael Howard]], who was asked the same question - "Did you threaten to overrule him?"[[note]] "him" being the Director of Prisons[[/note]] - ''twelve'' times and still waffled around without giving an answer - even though the answer turned out, apparently, years later, to be "no"[[note]] Although according to documents released the year after this was a lie and the real answer was 'Yes'[[/note]]). Jeremy Paxman (a rare newsreader example of the DeadpanSnarker) is the best known presenter.

Once upon a time, the other star was Peter Snow, whose enthusiasm in explaining wars with [[TheBigBoard sandpits]] or elections with a "[[ThingOMeter swing-o-meter]]" was a joy to behold.

For some years, the final half hour on Fridays was given over to ''Newsnight Review'', which covered the arts and had a panel of famous artists and critics reviewing new movies, music, exhibits, etc. (Cuttingly satirised by ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]''.) In 2013 the show was renamed ''The Revew Show'', shunted to [=BBC=] Four, and then axed. The rest of the week, this time was given over to ''Newsnight Scotland'' in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Scotland]], until it too was axed in 2014.

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!!This show contains examples of:
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The "Did you threaten to overrule him?" incident.
* TheBigBoard: The show used to have a sandpit for illustrating military activities.
* CallBack: The notorious 1997 "Did you threaten to overrule him?" incident was, as noted above, revisited in 2004, and again for a gag item in Jeremy Paxman's last edition in 2014.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: All the hosts who aren't Paxman.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Possible reason why Paxman can insult his editor, the audience, and the BBC live on air with no consequences.
** Paxman seriously considered quitting in November 2012 due to the way the BBC were handling [[NoodleIncident the Lord McAlpine problem]]. Almost anyone else would have been politely asked to leave after what he said about management during that period.
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4th Jan '15 6:46:48 AM TheUnsquished
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British weekday current affairs programme, running continuously on weekdays since 1980. It currently airs at 10.30pm on [[TheBBC BBC Two]], after the BBC One news.

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British weekday current affairs programme, running continuously on weekdays since 1980. It currently airs at 10.30pm on [[TheBBC [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Two]], after the BBC One news.
19th Jun '14 4:13:04 AM Q4
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The final half hour on Fridays is given over to ''Newsnight Review'', which covers the arts and has a panel of famous artists and critics reviewing new movies, music, exhibits, etc. (Cuttingly satirised by ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]''.) The rest of the week, this time is given over to ''Newsnight Scotland'' in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Scotland]].

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The For some years, the final half hour on Fridays is was given over to ''Newsnight Review'', which covers covered the arts and has had a panel of famous artists and critics reviewing new movies, music, exhibits, etc. (Cuttingly satirised by ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]''.) In 2013 the show was renamed ''The Revew Show'', shunted to [=BBC=] Four, and then axed. The rest of the week, this time is was given over to ''Newsnight Scotland'' in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Scotland]].
Scotland]], until it too was axed in 2014.
19th Jun '14 4:09:38 AM Q4
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* WriterRevolt: Jeremy Paxman when the BBC tried to introduce a weather report at the end, which led to a series of [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] weather reports:
-->"So finally and controversially, tomorrow's weather forecast. It's a veritable smorgasbord. Sun, rain, thunder, hail, snow, cold, wind. Almost worth going to work."

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* WriterRevolt: CallBack: The notorious 1997 "Did you threaten to overrule him?" incident was, as noted above, revisited in 2004, and again for a gag item in Jeremy Paxman when Paxman's last edition in 2014.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: All
the BBC tried to introduce a weather report at the end, which led to a series of [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] weather reports:
-->"So finally and controversially, tomorrow's weather forecast. It's a veritable smorgasbord. Sun, rain, thunder, hail, snow, cold, wind. Almost worth going to work."
hosts who aren't Paxman.
16th Jan '14 4:22:39 PM Lirodon
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* DeadpanSnarker: Jeremy Paxman.
-->"And finally, by popular demand, the second Newsnight weather forecast: take an umbrella with you."
* WriterRevolt: Jeremy Paxman when the BBC tried to introduce a weather report at the end.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Jeremy Paxman.
-->"And finally, by popular demand, the second Newsnight weather forecast: take an umbrella with you."
* WriterRevolt: Jeremy Paxman when the BBC tried to introduce a weather report at the end.end, which led to a series of [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] weather reports:
-->"So finally and controversially, tomorrow's weather forecast. It's a veritable smorgasbord. Sun, rain, thunder, hail, snow, cold, wind. Almost worth going to work."
29th Aug '13 11:38:30 PM DriftingSkies
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Famous for its style of interviewing, which involves [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking the same question several times]] to a politician who is clearly trying to avoid answering (most famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KHMO14KuJk Michael Howard]], who was asked the same question - "Did you threaten to overrule him?"[[hottip:*: "him" being the Director of Prisons]] - ''twelve'' times and still waffled around without giving an answer - even though the answer turned out, apparently, years later, to be "no"[[hottip:*: Although according to documents released the year after this was a lie and the real answer was 'Yes']]). Jeremy Paxman (a rare newsreader example of the DeadpanSnarker) is the best known presenter.

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Famous for its style of interviewing, which involves [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking the same question several times]] to a politician who is clearly trying to avoid answering (most famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KHMO14KuJk Michael Howard]], who was asked the same question - "Did you threaten to overrule him?"[[hottip:*: him?"[[note]] "him" being the Director of Prisons]] Prisons[[/note]] - ''twelve'' times and still waffled around without giving an answer - even though the answer turned out, apparently, years later, to be "no"[[hottip:*: "no"[[note]] Although according to documents released the year after this was a lie and the real answer was 'Yes']]).'Yes'[[/note]]). Jeremy Paxman (a rare newsreader example of the DeadpanSnarker) is the best known presenter.
21st May '13 5:58:09 AM Rissa
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** Paxman seriously considered quitting in November 2012 due to the way the BBC were handling [[NoodleIncident the Lord McAlpine problem]]. Almost anyone else would have been politely asked to leave after what he said about management during that period.
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