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Ian Hislop has said that a large part of the problem with getting more women on panel shows is that they simply don't want to take part because of the format.

Written by Alex Fletcher. Digital Spy, 11th April 2014

Have I Got News For You was Friday's (April 4) highest rated primetime show outside of soaps.

Written by Liam Martin. Digital Spy, 5th April 2014

As the big beast of the panel-show genre rouses itself for a 47th series, we know what to expect. Nobody would pretend the show's satirical edge is as sharp as it once was or that the scripted gags supplied to the host aren't sometimes embarrassingly poor (you can often see team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton wince in sympathy). But it's still the best place to see the week's news given a going-over and it's good to have it back.

Jennifer Saunders takes the presenter's hot seat for the first time and Richard Osman, who generally raises everyone's game a peg or two, is a guest.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 4th April 2014

The Methuselah-like panel show begins its 47th series, with Jennifer Saunders in the host's seat for the first time. How she's never landed the gig before when the likes of Fern Britton and Jerry Springer have is a mystery. Elsewhere, Pointless chap Richard Osman will put his panel show nous (he's had a hand in creating 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Charlie Brooker vehicle You Have Been Watching) to good use as a guest panellist. It's years past its real peak, but still diverting enough.

Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian, 4th April 2014

So, David Blunkett thinks that Have I Got News For You should be considered as a current affairs show - not a comedy show - so that it gets more rigorously scrutinised. I can't think of a better compliment to pay a satirical programme really.

Written by Julian Hall. The Stage, 3rd January 2014

Have I Got News For You led Friday night's primetime ratings outside of soaps, drawing in 4.68m viewers.

Written by Liam Martin. Digital Spy, 14th December 2013

The Mirror's TV critic Ian Hyland says the BBC's flagship topical comedy show needs more female talent, cleverer gags and more amusing material.

Written by Ian Hyland. The Daily Mirror, 3rd December 2013

It used to be the go-to show for forensic news satire. But thanks to Twitter and co, it's up against far faster - and often just as sharp - competition. Is it time for the final edition?

Written by Stuart Heritage. The Guardian, 3rd December 2013

The BBC have reportedly issued an apology for a gag about Prince Harry taking cocaine.

The Daily Mirror, 1st November 2013

Joke read out by Jo Brand as guest presenter of Have I Got News For You draws criticism from government minister.

Written by John Plunkett. The Guardian, 27th October 2013

The BBC is under pressure to apologise after Jo Brand joked about Prince Harry taking cocaine on Have I Got News For You.

Metro, 27th October 2013

Have I Got News For You led Friday night's primetime ratings outside of soaps, drawing in 4.67m viewers.

Written by Beth Curtis. Digital Spy, 19th October 2013

Ian Hislop, talking about William Shatner says: "He had no idea who we were or what was happening in Britain, and he was brilliant: very sharp and very self-aware".

Written by Claire Webb. The Radio Times, 4th October 2013

One viral video shown on Have I Got News For You was Fenton the dog chasing deer in a London park. After it was shown Paul Merton asked 'Why did people think that was entertaining?'

Written by Alan Varley. Chortle, 10th June 2013

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has received a rather hostile reaction from viewers after appearing on BBC news quiz show Have I Got News For You.

Written by Daniella Graham. Metro, 11th May 2013

Actor Ray Winstone has become the latest big name to take the guest host slot on Have I Got News For You - but not everyone was impressed with his performance.

Metro, 27th April 2013

The BBC has responded to complaints made by viewers of Have I Got News For You who felt comments made about Margaret Thatcher were offensive.

Metro, 17th April 2013

100 viewers complain about Have I Got News For You references to late PM.

Written by Paul Cockerton. The Mirror, 16th April 2013

Having assumed hosting duties on a Have I Got News For You that was predictably dominated by Margaret Thatcher jokes, Brian Blessed stole the show and divided opinion at the same time.

Metro, 13th April 2013

The satrical edge on HIGNFY has dulled very slightly over the years. These days, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton don't so much lacerate the week's events and personalities as chew them over with the odd comic flight of fancy.

Occasionally, let's be honest, that makes for an underwhelming episode, where the panellists never get up a head of steam and only the host's scripted gags keep things rolling. But more often, the big old beast of a show rouses itself and delivers an enjoyably surreal spin on the news, providing us with a neat comedy coda to the week. One of the best episodes of the last series had Richard Osman as a guest, punning about David Cameron's "mandate" on gay marriage and showing an almost shameful knowledge of Spice Girls hits. Happily, he's back again tonight, with the excellent Stephen Mangan in the host's chair for the first show of series (drumroll, please...) 45.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 5th April 2013

Pointless giant Richard Osman tears himself away from his desk by Alexander Armstrong's side to slide into one of the guest seats for the first of a new series of the topical news quiz. Osman is surely destined for the guest host gig at some point but tonight it's down to Stephen Mangan to give Ian Hislop and Paul Merton free rein to roam around the lunatic fringes of the news, while Osman's fellow guest, Joan Bakewell, offers sage titbits.

Carol Carter and Ann Lee, Metro, 5th April 2013

Comedian Ross Noble's impression of "elephant man" John Merrick in an edition of Have I Got News For You has been ruled to be "at the margins of acceptability" by the BBC Trust.

BBC News, 12th March 2013

Jack Whitehall is on a roll. His performance as feckless toff JP in Fresh Meat is a galloping comic tour de force. His sitcom-writing debut, Bad Education, was well received. His national stand-up tour has just come out on DVD in time for the Christmas gold rush. And now here he is guest hosting Britain's top panel show at the grand old age of 23.

By way of counterweight, one of tonight's guests will be the formidable and funny Baroness Trumpington, at 90 the oldest guest ever to appear in the series. Her career has stretched from Bletchley Park via a spell as mayor of Cambridge to a notorious V-sign caught on camera during an altercation in the House of Lords. Apprentice lemon-sucker Nick Hewer makes up the numbers.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 30th November 2012

Youth and experience on Have I Got News for You this week. Wet-behind-the-ears comedian Jack Whitehallp.o[ takes the presenter's chair, while "Bletchley Park Baroness" Trumpington is, at 90, the programme's oldest ever guest. But Ian Hislop and Paul Merton must be careful how they handle her. When Lord King of Bridgwater dared to suggest, in a House of Lords speech, that Baroness T looked old, she promptly gave him two fingers. Lord Sugar's wry sidekick, Nick Hewer, completes the line-up.

The Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2012

Former James Bond Roger Moore took the helm for this week's Have I Got News For You, but his stint as a guest host received a rather mixed reception online.

Written by Daniella Graham. Metro, 24th November 2012

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