The Lock In with Jeremy Paxman

The Lock In with Jeremy Paxman

By James Bray

Jeremy Paxman, of Newsnight and University Challenge fame, has decided there must be more to life than cudgelling politicians and students on TV. ‘The Lock In’ is, as he puts it, “an excuse for me to talk to people I want to hear from, in a place I want to be...the pub”. So it is that, free at last of any editorial oversight, Jeremy has been sitting down in some of London’s finest boozers to enjoy drink and conversation with an eclectic bunch of guests. There are famous ones and obscure ones, but they all have something to say and were willing to sit down with the ‘Grand Inquisitor’ in a pub (or on Zoom, in more recent times). Each and every one is a fascinating conversation. So, pull yourself a pint, pour yourself a glass of plonk, and join The Lock In.

Episodes

Andy Burnham

Jeremy sits down with the Mayor of Greater Manchester and one of Labour's current success stories, Andy Burnham, to talk about devolution to the North.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/2141m 28s

Jed Mercurio

Jeremy sits down with Jed Mercurio, writer of Line of Duty and other hit dramas, to talk TV, police, conspiracies, and writing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/2133m 9s

Michael Burleigh

Jeremy sits down with Michael Burleigh, a distinguished historian who has recently turned his hand to the subject of political assassination in his book 'Day of the Assassins. It's a blood-spattered thriller of a read, and the conversation covers assassinations of all stripes and from all angles, including the murderers of Trotsky, JFK, Martin Luther King, Caesar, and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/2137m 41s

Salman Rushdie

Jeremy sits down with Salman Rushdie, celebrated novelist.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/05/2133m 36s

Enric Sala

Jeremy sits down with Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence. He has dived all over the world and campaigns to create marine protected areas. They talk fish, conservation, the Hebrides, Galapagos, Mediterranean, and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2130m 43s

Andrew Hunter Murray

Jeremy sits down with Andrew Hunter Murray, co-host of the podcast juggernaut, 'No Such Thing As A Fish'. He also indulges in Jane Austen improv comedy, and, more recently, thriller writing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/2126m 26s

Alastair Campbell

Jeremy sits down with former Downing Street head of communications Alastair Campbell, the real-life Malcolm Tucker and most prolific diarist since Samuel Pepys.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/2139m 14s

Conn Iggulden

Jeremy has a 'drink' with Conn Iggulden, one of the country's foremost writers of historical fiction. On the menu: history, Kent, time machines, the Queen, Pericles, Thermopylae, and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/2139m 33s

Sam Lee

This week Jeremy is with Sam Lee, folk singer and Nightingale obsessive. On the menu, everything and anything to do with the greatest avian singer of all. Why do they sing so well? What do they sound like? Why are they so mythologised? Where can you hear them?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/2131m 1s

Justin Maciejewski

Jeremy has another virtual pint with Justin Maciejewski, director of the National Army Museum, former soldier and former McKinsey consultant, and a deeply thoughtful commentator on the military, one of Jeremy's fondest subjects. On the menu: the role and size of the army, military history, the army's pandemic response, poetry, recruiting, outsourcing, and all sorts.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/2145m 14s

Armando Iannucci

Jeremy has another virtual pint with Armando Iannucci, creator of a litany of comedy hits such In the Loop, The Thick of It, Veep, Alan Partridge, etc. On the menu: comedy, writing, Milton, Boris Johnson, much more. Alas, no beer.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/2141m 10s

Jake Fiennes

Jeremy sits down with the conservation legend Jake Fiennes, scion of one of England's most overachieving families. On the menu: birdsong, nightingales, partridges, sward, the future of the countryside, the glories of Holkham, and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/2141m 58s

Hilary McGrady

This week it's the Director General of the National Trust, one of Britain's biggest heritage organisations and the custodian of hundreds of our finest castles, great houses and beaches, along with vast swathes of our treasured countryside. They discuss recent controversies over the Trust's vision for the future, its focus on the history of slavery, as well as the plummeting revenues and job losses of the pandemic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/2135m 9s

Naz Shah MP

Jeremy sits down with Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West and one of the least typical members of Parliament he has ever met. On the menu: Naz's unusual route into Parliament; authenticity in politics; her favourite Tories; empowerment of women; race; generosity of spirit; Hajj; Ramadan; climbing the greasy pole and the Bradford renaissance.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/2150m 37s

Rowan Hooper

Jeremy sits down with Rowan Hooper of the New Scientist, author of 'How To Spend a Trillion Dollars'. On the menu is a hard headed look at how humanity might come by such a sum, and the best ways to blow it in order to better our global state. High on the list of topics: climate change. AI, alien life, curing illness.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/03/2129m 5s

Eliot Higgins (Bellingcat)

Jeremy sits down with one of his heroes, Eliot Higgins, founder of the citizen spy agency, Bellingcat. From his desk in Leicester, Higgins has embarrassed spy agencies around the world, and unmasked some of Russia's most dangerous professional assassins. He has scooped global news organisations and taken on some of the world's most savage dictatorships. Jeremy asks him how he did it all, and what happens next for Bellingcat?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/03/2131m 30s

Tony Parsons

Another virtual pint. Jeremy sits down with the writer Tony Parsons, author of many novels, most famously 'Man and Boy'. On the menu, writing, lockdown, getting away with it, resilience, adversity, funeral arrangements, Bowie, and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/2131m 40s

Sir William Atkinson

Jeremy sits down with Sir William Atkinson, the superhead who came to Britain from Jamaica at the age of seven, and in a stellar career earned a knighthood, and some fame, for turning round some of the country's toughest schools. On the agenda: teaching, rugby, racism, history, ambition, pubs  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/02/2141m 39s

David Runciman

Jeremy has a pint with David Runciman, host of the Talking Politics podcast, author, and Cambridge Professor. They discuss the waning public faith in democracy and how it might be fixed. Should we let children vote? Should we make people pass a test to vote? Should we at least try something to arrest the alarming trend of people turning away from the system of government meant to be the worst except for all the others?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/02/2143m 52s

Sir David Omand

Jeremy has a 'pint' with Sir David Omand, former head of the government's listening, GCHQ, and thus one of our top spies. Topics include the power of rational thinking, how an intelligence analyst would go about buying a house, the need for a devil's advocate, how to keep kids safe on the internet, and how Edward Snowden should have gone about his historic leak.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/02/2125m 32s

Dr Rachel Clarke

Jeremy talks to Dr Rachel Clarke, specialist in palliative care, about the meaning of a good death and her experience of the pandemic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/01/2153m 51s

Helen Pluckrose

Jeremy has another imaginary pint with Helen Pluckrose, co-author of 'Cynical Theories' and participant in the infamous 'grievance studies affair'. Helen unpicks the intellectual history of 'woke' thought, Jeremy is baffled.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/01/2132m 6s

Andrew Doyle

With pubs still closed, Jeremy has yet another virtual pint with Andrew Dole, creator of Twitter sensation, Titania McGrath.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/01/2140m 34s

Tom Holland

Jeremy sits down with Tom Holland, one of Britain's best-known historians, to discuss no less a subject than the making of the modern world.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/01/2135m 26s

Ben Macintyre

Jeremy enjoys another notional pint with Ben Macintyre, a man who knows more about spies than is healthy for anyone. They discuss Agent Sonya, the woman who stole Britain's nuclear secrets for the Soviet Union and almost assassinated Hitler.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/12/2027m 12s

Clare Balding

Jeremy sits down with Clare Balding broadcaster, rambler, scion of a racing dynasty, and now the author of a book about 'heroic animals'. Topics include racing, dogs, donkeys, anthropomorphisation. Jeremy makes a tabloid confession.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/12/2032m 24s

Matt Parr

Jeremy enjoys an actual pint with Matt Parr, a former nuclear submarine commander and Rear Admiral, Submarines. They discuss the merits of life in "an expanded cigarette tube, underwater".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/2043m 47s

Isabella Tree

Jeremy sits down with Isabella Tree, rewilder of the Knepp Estate and author of 'Wilding - the return of nature to a British farm'. They discuss the decision to turn a 2000 acre farm into a haven for wild animals, the first storks to nest in England since Agincourt, and the prospects for beavers, lynxes, wolves, and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/2042m 23s

Raynor Winn

Jeremy sits down with Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path and Wild Silence, to talk about her extraordinary story of loss and redemption on the South West Coast Path.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/12/2020m 18s

Winter of the mind

Jeremy sits down with mental health professionals to discuss a subject close to his heart: the state of the nation’s mental health. They discuss how it has fared in the pandemic, and what hope there is, and isn’t, for the near future.Participants include Daisy Fancourt, who leads the 'COVID-19 Social Study', a longitudinal study into the psychological and social impact of the pandemic involving over 95,000 adults in the UK; Paul Farmer, CEO of the mental health charity, Mind; Professor Miranda Wolpert, Head of Mental Health Priority Area at the Wellcome Trust, and Marjorie Wallace, CEO of the mental health charity, SANE.Resources:The study Daisy Fancourt is leading into the mental health impacts of covid and covid responses is at www.covidsocialstudy.orgInformation about the work Miranda Wolpert is doing at Wellcome is here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/active-ingredients-youth-mental-health-story-so-far-nov-wolpert/?trackingId=IgN74vP1TXGolBHc3Ikkew%3D%3DMarjorie’s mental health charity, SANE, is here: http://www.sane.org.uk/Paul’s mental health charity, Mind, is here: https://www.mind.org.uk/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/11/2049m 23s

Mark Criddle

Jeremy has a pint with Mark Criddle, coxswain of the RNLI Torbay lifeboat, who has saved hundreds of lives over many decades putting to sea with the RNLI. They discuss volunteering and bravery on the high seas.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/2037m 28s

Sunetra Gupta

Jeremy talks to Professor Sunetra Gupta, a University of Oxford epidemiologist who has been pilloried for daring to suggest that there could be an alternative response to covid than putting the entire country under house arrest.Yes this is meant to be a pub lock in rather than a podcast about the news, but these are extraordinary times we're living through and it's perverse to ignore that fact, so this is one of a handful of 'off-script' episodes we'll be putting out alongside our regular chats.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/11/2044m 18s

Lord Jonathan Sumption

Jeremy talks to Lord Sumption, a senior judge and former member of the Supreme Court who has suggested that in its covid response the government has overstepped its legal authority and that the public needs to resist its totalitarian instincts.Note: this is meant to be a pub lock in rather than a podcast about the news, but these are extraordinary times we're living through and it's perverse to ignore that fact, so this is one of a handful of 'off-script' episodes we'll be putting out alongside our regular chats.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/11/2025m 6s

Brian Cox

Jeremy talks to the actor Brian Cox about reading lines, nationalisation, interment, and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/2028m 14s

Richard Dawkins

Jeremy talks to the High Priest of atheism, Richard Dawkins, about the Tooth Fairy and other higher powers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/2023m 8s

James Rebanks

Jeremy enjoys a robust encounter with the farmer and writer James Rebanks (who puts up with no bull) about the coming revolution in the English countryside.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/2029m 1s

Katharine Birbalsingh

Jeremy chats to Katharine Birbalsingh, the much-maligned (and loved) 'strictest headmistress in Britain', about her controversial Michaela Community School, Black Lives Matter, identity, discipline, and teaching.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/2039m 48s

Michael Palin

Paxo sits down in the Haverstock Tavern for a pint with the former Python and inveterate globetrotter, to talk about such comedic subjects as churches, mortality, and the Northwest Passage.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/2032m 38s

Lee Child

Paxo has a pint with Lee Child, creator of Jack Reacher. Topics include getting high, Granada TV, casting Jack Reacher, and the seductive power of vigilante justice.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/2044m 47s

Trailer

Jeremy Paxman embarks on a podcast. With technical difficulties.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/201m 4s
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