Jereemy Paxman, it is claimed, will write candidly about his 42-year career at the BBC in the second of three books to be published by William Collins.

According to The Sunday Times, the first book of the trilogy is believed to concern itself with how Britain has changed in the past half-century. The theme of the third remains undecided.

Paxman, a Cambridge University alumni and a presenter of Newsnight for 25 years, has already written a number of books, including one on the First World War, and another on Victorian Britain.

He has also written books on politics and fishing and continues to host the BBC’s TV quiz show, University Challenge, while he has also signed to work on Channel 4's election coverage.

He recently admitted he was approached about standing as a Conservative candidate for the Mayor of London post. However, the journalist and broadcaster declared that he would not do the job for "all the eclairs in Paris."