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.
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.
!!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.