07/10/2013 19:38 BST | Updated 07/10/2013 23:32 BST

Cookie Monster Introduced By Straight-Faced Emily Maitlis On Newsnight (PICTURE, VIDEO, GIF)

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.

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.

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