Emily Maitlis in Conversation

Broadcaster Emily Maitlis discusses her acclaimed memoir 'Airhead' with Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times.

Town Hall, Cheltenham

Saturday 5th October, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Talk


About the Event

Behind every interview is a backstory. The compromises made. The regrets, rows and inappropriate comedy. Taking us behind the scenes, the broadcaster Emily Maitlis (Airhead) tells Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times, why making news rarely goes according to plan.

Venue Information

Town Hall
Imperial Square
GL50 1QA
United Kingdom

About the Book


Emily Maitlis

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:18 Apr 2019


4.50 out of 5
5 reviews
"Airhead is a compilation of her greatest hits. And boy there are many."
Evening Standard
"a deliciously funny book about the high-wire act of broadcasting and the madness that surrounds it"
The Times
"Emily Maitlis on her most memorable interviews and dealing with alpha males"
The Sunday Times
"Her writing is excellent: precise, economical and accessible"
The Guardian
"Anyone with aspirations to work in television news... should study this book and take on board just how hard the whole thing is"
Daily Mail

The things that are said on camera are only part of the story. Behind every interview there is a backstory. How it came about. How it ended. The compromises that were made. The regrets, the rows, the deeply inappropriate comedy. Making news is an essential but imperfect art, and it rarely goes according to plan. I never expected to find myself wandering around the Maharani of Jaipur's bedroom with Bill Clinton or invited to the Miss USA beauty pageant by its owner, Donald Trump. I never expected to be thrown into a provincial Cuban jail, or to be drinking red wine at Steve Bannon's kitchen table or spend three hours in a lift with Alan Partridge. I certainly didn't expect the Dalai Lama to tell me the story of his most memorable poo. The beauty of television is its ability to simplify, but that's also its weakness: it can distil everything down to one snapshot, one soundbite. Then the news cycle moves on. Airhead is my step back from the white noise.