23/10/2013 18:59 BST | Updated 28/10/2013 20:11 GMT

Russell Brand Takes On Jeremy Paxman (Plus Beard) On BBC's Newsnight (VIDEO)

First the cookie monster, then a dog with a degree, now Paxman versus Brand on beards, revolution and a hatred of the Tory Party. When did Newsnight, that ageing, late night, sleep-inducer suddenly become the most watchable programme on British TV?

Wednesday’s offering continued the show’s good form, with producer Ian Katz pitting Paxo against the garrulous, unpredictable yet always-brilliant Russell Brand. And the pair played their roles to perfection.