Jeremy Paxman's Beard Surprises Newsnight Viewers (PICTURES)

13/08/2013 10:19 BST | Updated 13/08/2013 10:24 BST

It's Jeremy Paxman, but not as we know him.

The Newsnight host, famed for terrorising politicians with his trademark aggressive questioning style, returned from holiday sporting a striking display of facial hair.

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Unsurprisingly, it went down well on Twitter, with the veteran broadcaster soon trending:

But as long as the bearded version, complete with withering raised eyebrow, can still reduce MPs to a gibbering wreck live on TV, we're happy.

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