It’s been announced that former Newsnight anchorman Jeremy Paxman is to return to the BBC.

He left the corporation’s current affairs team in 2014 after 25 years at the helm of Newsnight, but BBC TV Channels and iPlayer controller Charlotte Moore confirmed he’ll be back on his old stomping ground before the referendum on 23 June to front a documentary on the European Union.

It’s just one of a number of new programmes unveiled by Moore, the brains behind commissioning The Great British Bake Off, which will be screened by the BBC in the coming months.

Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman will front a documentary ahead of the EU referendum (Yui Mok/PA)

Paxo will head to Brussels to talk to politicians from across the continent to examine all sides of the Brexit debate in a one-hour documentary for BBC1.

Fellow political broadcasters Nick Robinson and Laura Kuenssberg will also host separate programmes for BBC2.

Nick Robinson

Today host Nick Robinson will also present an EU documentary (Yui Mok/PA)

They include a new six-part BBC One series called Wanderlust, an exploration of marriage and monogamy by award-winning playwright Nick Payne, and Our Loved Boy, a 90-minute drama about the death of schoolboy Damilola Taylor.

King Charles III, a 90-minute drama adapted by Doctor Foster screenwriter Mike Bartlett from his own Olivier Award-winning play script, will be shown on BBC Two.

It sees Prince Charles ascend to the throne following the Queen’s death before he refuses to sign a controversial bill into law, creating political chaos, a constitutional crisis and rioting on the streets.

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Sir Anthony Hopkins will take on King Lear (Richard Shotwell/AP/PA)

Meanwhile, Sir Anthony Hopkins will star in King Lear from the team behind last year’s TV film The Dresser.

Whitney, a documentary by Nick Broomfield about the late singer Whitney Houston, will also be shown on BBC Two.

Twiggy will present the first episode of BBC Four series People’s History Of Pop, while Adrian Chiles will front White Boys And Black Heroes – How Black Footballers Transformed Modern Britain, on BBC Two.


Twiggy gets her own BBC Four series on pop (Yui Mok/PA)

A three-part series called There Will Be Exodus: Breaking Into Europe was also announced, which documents the journeys of migrants and refugees trying to reach the safety of Britain and other countries in Europe.