Politics & Memoirs
BBC political editor Nick Robinson is one of the most recognisable faces on our television screens. He has led the broadcaster’s coverage of Westminster since 2005 and is the only person to have been political editor of both ITV News and BBC News. In Live from Downing Street, he gives a personal and colourful account of the ‘forced marriage’ between the men and women who wield power and the journalists whose job it is to tell us what is going on.
Robinson looks back at some of the politicians who pioneered broadcasting live from Downing Street, including Baldwin and Macmillan, those who fought back, including Churchill, Thatcher and Blair, and at those who never came to terms with it. He also charts the rise of the political inquisitor from Richard Dimbleby and Robin Day to John Humphreys and Jeremy Paxman, and gives his own perspective on impartial reporting.
Robinson studied at Oxford before joining the BBC in 1986. He worked behind the cameras for a decade, producing programmes such as Crimewatch and Panorama, before becoming a reporter and presenter.