Hats off to Emily Maitlis. Last week, the Newsnight presenter played arbiter in a wonderfully hostile row between Alastair Campbell and a Daily Mail shill over the controversial article besmirching Ed Miliband’s father.
- Guardian's Glenn Greenwald Versus BBC's Kirsty Wark
- Alastair Campbell Demolishes Daily Mail's Jon Steafel
On Monday, Maitlis faced the far more difficult task of maintaining a straight face while questioning the Cookie Monster, erstwhile star of Sesame Street, on what had hitherto been considered a hard news programme.
She did it… just.
Cookie Monster and his acolyte, Elmo, are due to star in a new programme for CBeebies, with Maitlis quizzing the monster about his big move to the BBC.
Rumours that Paxman "ducked" the interview remain unconfirmed.
2Jags, the Egg and the Mullet
Who can forget this classic? After being pelted with an egg Prescott doesn't think twice about clocking the perpetrator with a swift left hook. To be fair he deserved it just for the mullet, never mind the egg.
Johnson and Livingstone
No surprise that these two would show up. In a relationship so tempestuous that it overshadows Axl Rose and Slash, Heather Mills and Paul McCartney and the time that Big Ears stole Noddy's bell, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone are renowned for their heated confrontations. This year's London Mayoral election reached boiling point when Johnson accused Livingstone of being "a f**king liar!" How rude.
Stephen Pound on Sol Campbell
Don't let his warm smile, and werthers-original-offering-cuddly-Grandad looks fool you. Stephen Pound, MP for Ealing North, is nails. Well, you'd have to be to call <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1277538/Labour-MP-Stephen-Pounds-foul-mouthed-football-rant.html" target="_blank">Sol Campbell "a big f***ing fairy."</a> In front of numerous children.
Eric Joyce's Brawl
Not content with mere words and bypassing fisticuffs entirely,<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/23/eric-joyce-mp-in-commons-strangers-police-fight-stuart-andrew_n_1295628.html" target="_blank"> Eric Joyce upped the ante and went straight for hooligan's favourite method of violence, the headbutt</a>. After one or two too many sherries Joyce flew into a rage in a packed Westminster bar, headbutting Tory MP for Pudsey Stuart Andrew and allegedly attacking three other people. The police were called and Joyce was arrested.
The Summer Holiday
South London rag, News Shopper thought that it had come up with a rather lovely idea for a piece when it decided to ask local MPs what their summer holiday plans were. Reporter Dan Keel set about collecting said information and was met with plans of sun, sand and then this.... DAN: Hi it's Dan from the News Shopper newspaper. I was just wondering if you received my email about MP holidays? HOLLOWAY: Ah the online lynch mob. Why don't you get on with doing some proper journalism. DAN: So you won't be answering any of my questions? HOLLOWAY: Yeah I will answer them - I will be going to Hawaii for 69 days - now f*ck off
Some Irish Venom
We are now briefly hopping over to Ireland to present two superbly presented expletives. Note the ever so polite and calm introduction of "the most unparliamentary language", the pure venom in his words and the slightly pigeon-esque head movements. Not to mention the apology and attempted retraction after.
Brown Vs Boulton
For one glorious second it almost looks like the two gents are about to come to actual blows, which lets face it, would be an utterly fantastic wonder. Our money would be on Brown.
Boulton Vs Campbell
It all starts off so civilised... But three minutes in it starts to unravel. By 4:30 and we're taking bets.
Diane Abbot's Taxis
Superb piece of grilling here as a continually smirking Portillo looks on clearly enjoying every squirming second...
John Bercow, (pictured) Speaker of the House of Commons, has numerous benefits that come with his position. A £68,000 salary, a river view apartment in Westminster and a rather dashing black silk gown. But perhaps the greatest privilege is the right to walk in a straight line through Parliament, unimpeded by MPs who have to graciously bow out of your way as you pass. Unless you are Mark Pritchard. When accused by Bercow of blocking his path Pritchard shot back "you are not f***ing royalty," before rather politely adding "Mr Speaker."
Brown (again) vs Himself
Watching Brown's face, not to mention election chances, crumble live on TV is a behemoth of a spectacle, Shakespearean in it's utter tragedy.
Nigel Farage on EU President Herman Van Rompuy
One of the best political outbursts actually comes from the Ukip leader: "I don't want to be rude but, really, you have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk" Classic.
Galloway Vs The Israeli
"I don't debate with Israelis." And that was it. The end of the debate.
Finally, this is what happens if all your <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/25/ukrainian-parliamentary-brawl-tymoshenko_n_1544833.html" target="_blank">MPs collectively have a meltdown...</a>