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UPDATE: Paxman meets Hitchens: the full interview - Comments

ShawnDimery's Avatar Comment 1 by ShawnDimery

It was indeed the most moving half hour of tv I have ever seen. We all love you Hitch and we all hope you get better.

Shawn Dimery

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:30:22 UTC | #555538

Ygern's Avatar Comment 2 by Ygern

I'm afraid BBC iPlayer is definitely a UK-only application.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:33:54 UTC | #555544

JHJEFFERY's Avatar Comment 3 by JHJEFFERY

The link says "not available in your area." What's with this. You Brits still got your knickers in a wad about Yorktown?:)

Any way to get it in the states?

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:34:29 UTC | #555545

memeweaver's Avatar Comment 4 by memeweaver

iPlayer is available through a proxy or alternate upload.

There are plans to make it available internationally via subscription from 2011.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:44:22 UTC | #555549

memeweaver's Avatar Comment 5 by memeweaver

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:49:39 UTC | #555560

Carlsandman 's Avatar Comment 6 by Carlsandman

Absolutely fantastic and heart rendering. I don't mind admitting I was very moved by this. Stick with it Hitch. Fight the good fight.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:51:45 UTC | #555565

Andrew B.'s Avatar Comment 7 by Andrew B.

Part One is up, just waiting for Part Two.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:51:46 UTC | #555566

Janice In Toronto's Avatar Comment 8 by Janice In Toronto

Not available in Canada? What's this about? We can share the same Queen, but not videos? Bah!

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:54:48 UTC | #555569

Shawn Lawrence's Avatar Comment 9 by Shawn Lawrence

Ah, a shame. The video is not available in my area. I'll have to watch the Youtube versions.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:55:18 UTC | #555571

Ygern's Avatar Comment 10 by Ygern

Comment 3 by JHJEFFERY

In the same way Hulu is not available outside the USA. It will be up on Youtube eventually...

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:58:49 UTC | #555573

Peter Grant's Avatar Comment 11 by Peter Grant

I don't know whether iPlayer is barred outside Britain, but I really really hope everyone here can see it. I think it is one of the most moving half hours of television I have ever seen.

Don't worry Prof, us atheist pirates have it covered. Should be able to add it to the torrent feed in a day or two. Wish we had more seeders though.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:01:34 UTC | #555575

memeweaver's Avatar Comment 12 by memeweaver

@11: You can download the Youtube video in 5 minutes with a variety of tools - as I have done to avoid interrupted playback

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:06:47 UTC | #555583

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 13 by Neodarwinian

Note to self. Do not use the word " mellowing " to Christopher Hitchens.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:15:41 UTC | #555590

Peter Grant's Avatar Comment 14 by Peter Grant


Sweet, what did you use and what's the quality like? It sounds like you have a super fast connection, maybe you could seed a torrent for us?

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:16:46 UTC | #555591

memeweaver's Avatar Comment 15 by memeweaver

Part 2:

I just use the free JDownloader app. If I put a YouTube URL on the clipboard, it intercepts it, and offers me a choice of FLV, mp3, and mp4 downloads. Since these pair of videos only runs to 80MB in good quality, it's a very fast download almost anywhere you have ADSL or similar.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:22:25 UTC | #555595

Peter Grant's Avatar Comment 16 by Peter Grant


Will try it out. I'm using a browser plugin but my download will take about 3 hours, if it doesn't time out LOL.

Are you sure this is the whole thing and not the shorter version broadcast on Friday?

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:33:53 UTC | #555604

memeweaver's Avatar Comment 17 by memeweaver

@16: Did you look at the links? Primary evidence right in front of you....

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:36:35 UTC | #555609

nickthelight's Avatar Comment 18 by nickthelight

It was a very good interview, moving in parts too. The sign of a good interviewer is knowing when not to speak, Paxman was excellent.

The only downside was that the announcer stated Peter Hitchens - idiot.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:37:36 UTC | #555610

The Darwinian's Avatar Comment 19 by The Darwinian

It can be downloaded on for those of us who can't get to see it.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:40:58 UTC | #555613

johnb24's Avatar Comment 20 by johnb24

Comment 2 by Ygern :

I'm afraid BBC iPlayer is definitely a UK-only application.

If you can't see it earlier you might soon find it on BBC WORLD


Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:50:17 UTC | #555616

Harps's Avatar Comment 21 by Harps

Half hour was simply not enough, I would have liked to hear these men speak for a couple of hours!

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:53:00 UTC | #555619

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 22 by Alan4discussion

A first class half hour presentation with many good points made!

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:53:34 UTC | #555620

Peter Grant's Avatar Comment 23 by Peter Grant


Yes, both videos seem to be less than 20 min. The episode on Friday was over 30min

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:10:13 UTC | #555627

Alternative Carpark's Avatar Comment 24 by Alternative Carpark

@Peter Grant

One word: addition.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:20:18 UTC | #555637

Net's Avatar Comment 25 by Net

knickers in a wad about Yorktown?:)> Comment 3 by JHJEFFERY The link says

"not available in your area." What's with this. You Brits still got your knickers in a wad about Yorktown?:)

what do you mean JHJEFFERY? so many times i've gone online to watch something from america, only to get the same response here in australia!knickers in a wad about Yorktown?:)

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:41:30 UTC | #555649

JackR's Avatar Comment 26 by JackR

That was very good. Very touching. Damn, I wish I believed in miracles, and I wish Hitch could get one. But when he goes I'll raise a large glass of Johnnie Walker Black. And I don't even drink blended scotch - I might have to wash the taste out of my mouth with a Laphroaig, but I think Hitch would forgive me.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:41:51 UTC | #555650

God fearing Atheist's Avatar Comment 27 by God fearing Atheist

Comment 5 by memeweaver :

Thanks for the YouTube link.

Poignant interview. I haven't seen Paxman in that role before. He is usually ripping politicians' throats out. But then his questions were targeted enough to get a very interesting interview.

After seeing that on YouTube, I saw this in the side bar:-Ann Coulter on UK BBC Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 23:01:17 UTC | #555666

PhilS's Avatar Comment 28 by PhilS

Absolutely i second that! I have only read God is Not Great by Christopher but it is one of the most eye opening books i have ever read. Not just about religion but has also introduced me to a world of literature and philosophy which i have him to thank for.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 23:01:55 UTC | #555667

Mark Jones's Avatar Comment 29 by Mark Jones

Nice interview, although Paxo seemed strangely keen to push Pascal's Wager, for some reason. He surely could have challenged Hitch with a less risible argument for faith?

Plus, the trappings made it look like Hitchens is in the middle of moving in.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 23:10:28 UTC | #555672

helen sotiriadis's Avatar Comment 30 by helen sotiriadis

courage. honesty. my complete respect.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 23:20:27 UTC | #555677