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Roscoe Lecture: Jeremy Paxman

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For 21 years, LJMU has invited some of the country’s leading commentators to join staff, students and the people of Liverpool in discussing issues that matter to them.

The Roscoe Lectures use research, humour and political insight to explore current, engaging topics.

Journalist, author and TV presenter Jeremy Paxman will deliver a lecture entitled Great Britain's Great War: How the First World War changed everything.

Image of Jeremy PaxmanAbout Jeremy Paxman 

Beginning his career covering the troubles in Northern Ireland for three years, he then spent eight years reporting from around the world for the BBC, before becoming anchorman of the BBC’s nightly news analysis programme, Newsnight in 1989, a post he held for 25 years. He has been Chairman of University Challenge since 1994.

In May 2014, he anchored Channel 4's Election Night coverage.  He is the author of numerous documentaries and documentary series - on the history of the British Empire, on the poet Wilfred Owen, on Victorian art, on Churchill’s funeral and on the effect of the First World War on Great Britain.

In May 2016, he wrote and presented Paxman in Brussels: Who Really Rules us and in October 2016 Paxman on Trump v Clinton: Divided America, both for BBC1. His next series, currently in production, will be about four of the UK’s greatest rivers for Channel 4.

His 2014 one-man show PAXO at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was a critically acclaimed sell-out.

Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire in 1950, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He is an Honorary Fellow there, and a Fellow by Special Election at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Leeds, Bradford and the Open University.

He is the author of ten books, including The English - Portrait of a People, The Political Animal, On Royalty,  The Victorians, Empire - What Ruling the World Did to the British and Great Britain’s Great War.

His memoirs A Life in Questions were published in October 2016.

He is a contributing editor at the Financial Times.

His charitable interests include homelessness, mental health and education.

In his spare time, he goes fly-fishing.

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