13/08/2013 06:19 BST | Updated 13/08/2013 06:24 BST

Jeremy Paxman's Beard Surprises Newsnight Viewers (PICTURES)

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:

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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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