Yesterday's Newsnight special.
Paxman seems, if not quite deferential, certainly a little awed in the presence of a man - more or less a contemporary - who, frankly, has made more of a mark both as a journalist and a writer.
I suppose it's always a fall-back position for interviewers to claim that they're not there necessarily as themselves but rather as proxies for the average viewer-on-the-couch, but still, Paxman's fairly predictable questioning didn't particularly inspire, and nor did his seemingly genuine shock that someone could actually bring themselves to criticise Mother Teresa, or mock the Koran and the Bible:
“Saying you find the Koran laughable: in what way does that help the spread of reason?”
“Well, I think mockery of religion is one of the most essential things. One of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at things.”
Hitchens is still, thank goodness, in fine form.