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Jeremy Paxman, with and without beard

Jeremy Paxman shaves off beard after claiming it's 'so 2013'

Paxman makes a clean start to the year on Newsnight

Nearly three-quarters of the British public are either 'angry' or 'bored' with politicians or politics in general

Three quarters of British voters are either 'angry' or bored' with politicians

Nearly three-quarters of the British public are either “angry” or “bored” with politicians or politics in general, according to a new survey.

iQuiz students have all the answers: Brightest book place in final

If there's one thing students enjoy more than a few quiet pints, it's flexing their intellectual muscles at the same time.

Comedian Russell Brand is determined to spark a

Russell Brand calls David Cameron a 'filthy, dirty, posh w***er'

The comedian lashed out at the prime minster on Alan Carr's chat show

BBC headquarters at New Broadcasting House

Taxpayers also funding costs of ex-BBC finance head in defamation case against a tabloid newspaper

News that Zarin Patel is taking action over criticisms of the way the organisation paid stars emerged after The Independent revealed departing head of human resources, Lucy Adams, is using licence fee money to sue the NUJ

Russell Brand's revolution: If it looks like this we're joining

There’s been a lot of talk about revolution recently.

Jeremy Paxman has taken issue with newsreaders appearing on Strictly Come Dancing

Jeremy Paxman: Newsreaders on Strictly Come Dancing need their heads examined

The Newsnight host has been approached twice to appear on the show

Robert Webb rejoined the Labour Party after reading Russell Brand's article

Russell Brand hits back at Robert Webb: 'I'm not in favour of death camps'

Russell Brand has attacked his fellow comedian's privileged Oxbridge roots

Boris Johnson undecided on Commons return

Speculation suggests London Mayor could stand for Parliament in 2016

Jurassic World: What would you like to see in the Jurassic Park sequel?

The monstrously successful Jurassic Park series is to be brought back to life (again). Universal Pictures are planning another instalment of dinosaur-based carnage in the fourth sequel, Jurassic World, which will premiere in 2015.

No plot details have been announced at this stage (though the new film will show in 3D), and this blank slate has encouraged us to get in early with a few suggestions for any reading Hollywood executives (you're welcome, Mr Spielberg). Please leave more ideas in the comments - but keep it bitey, and no totally implausible pseudo-science.

Jeremy Paxman with his new beard on Newsnight

Is the BBC pogonophobic? Jeremy Paxman's beard raises a hairy issue

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman's new beard continued to trend on Twitter last night as the broadcaster accused the BBC of "pogonophobia" (fear of beards).

BBC television presenter Graham Norton earned £2.6m from the Corporation in 2012

So (much) Graham Norton: BBC paid presenter £2.6m in 2012

The chat show host received a 12 per cent pay rise in wages and associated royalties last year, it has emerged

Good on you Jeremy Paxman – but it’s not just toughness that makes a good quiz question

The titan of University Challenge reckons it’s time the BBC stopped treating audiences like idiots

Jeremy Paxman says the TV producers insult the audience's intelligence

BBC star Jeremy Paxman tells TV bosses to stop 'insulting' viewers

Veteran broadcaster says University Challenge 'pays the audience the courtesy of assuming that we're quite clever enough to take part'

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