Have I Got News For You - In The Press

It's taken until series 49 for author and film-maker Jon Ronson to make his debut as a HIGNFY panellist, a belated opportunity for the soft-spoken documentarian to witness the satirical-surreal power struggle between captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton up close. With any luck, some poor soul will have been recently crucified in the court of public opinion after a social media blunder, allowing Ronson to share some of the wisdom he acquired while researching his latest bestseller, So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 22nd May 2015

How fabulous to have an episode of Have I Got News For You, filmed as election news was still coming in (Friday, BBC1). With all the demob feeling of "EastEnders go to Marbella", this had a real frisson of the improvised. There was a certain catharsis to be had hearing Ian Hislop officially voicing what everyone had been talking about all day: "Everyone said it was unpredictable. Because they'd got it wrong."

And the live quality really added something: "Can I just tell you something? It is the end of Farage." "Can we stop for a minute? Nick Clegg has resigned." Line of the night went to Romesh Ranganathan, on the failure of Mori and the like: "Farage has been banging on about not trusting the Poles for ages ..." And is there any reason why Jo Brand shouldn't be the permanent host?

Viv Groskop, The Guardian, 11th May 2015

Hours and hours of juicy election footage gives the HIGNFY panel a veritable smorgasbord of mocking material.

Written by Isabel Mohan. The Telegraph, 8th May 2015

The same privileged old guard, the unchanging rituals, the forced smiles and occasional moments of genuine delight: yes, the enduring satirical panel show and the general election were clearly made for each other. Still, in the runup to the election, the media has been filled with political behaviour even more ludicrous than usual, all of which should be fecund ground for Paul Merton and Ian Hislop. Jo Brand hosts tonight, while comedian Romesh Ranganathan and newsreader Jon Snow help uncover the truths behind the manifesto promises.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 8th May 2015

Stephen Mangan proves an able stand-in for the host they wouldn't mention.

Written by Isabel Mohan. The Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2015

This is the episode in which Jeremy Clarkson was set to return fire on his erstwhile employers. It looks as if he's decided that discretion is the better part of valour, but with the election now only a fortnight away, whoever is invited along instead - it'll be Alexander Armstrong, won't it? [actually Stephen Mangan] - will have plenty to talk about. In JC's absence, Miles Jupp and Camilla Long will be picking up the slack alongside Merton and Hislop, who must have been hoping for some sort of Angus Deayton-style valedictory humiliation.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 24th April 2015

That was a bit of a tense Have I Got News For You wasn't it? Presented by Victoria Coren Mitchell, episode two of the latest series saw Ian Hislop come to verbal blows with John Prescott.

Written by Duncan Lindsay. Metro, 17th April 2015

Including Potato Storage International, Lighthouse Digest and Beverage Dynamic.

Written by Caroline Westbrook. Metro, 17th April 2015

Executive producer Richard Wilson on why he would like to book Jeremy Paxman as a guest host on Have I Got News For You - and not marking 25 years of the show.

Written by Tara Conlan. The Guardian, 12th April 2015

The former Top Gear presenter withdrew because he knew he would be 'slaughtered' by panellists Paul Merton and Ian Hislop.

Written by Nigel Pauley. The Daily Mirror, 11th April 2015

Have I Got News for You returned to 4.57 million viewers on BBC One. Hosted by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, the first episode of the 49th series earned a 21.5% audience share at 9pm. It was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps.

Written by Liam Martin. Digital Spy, 11th April 2015

It's still a shock seeing Daniel Radcliffe dressed as a grown-up and sporting actual facial hair, as he did hosting the returning Have I Got News For You.

Written by Ed Power. The Daily Telegraph, 10th April 2015

Just goes to show that there is no such thing as totally bad publicity.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 8th April 2015

BBC chiefs have decided to allow the presenter back on screen on April 24, despite ­dropping him from Top Gear for allegedly assaulting a producer.

Written by Nicola Methven. The Daily Mirror, 7th April 2015

Hat Trick Productions is trialling transforming Have I Got News For You's Twitter account into an ongoing satirical profile.

Written by Alex Farber. Broadcast Now, 14th November 2014

In an extract from his new autobiography, the comedian remembers the beginning of the iconic panel show.

Written by Paul Merton. The Radio Times, 10th October 2014

Why do they do it? MPs who appear on BBC's Have I Got News For You, I mean.

Conservative Peter Bone was the latest to enter the lion's den and receive a mauling, with an old headline dragged up accusing him of being "Britain's meanest boss" for paying a trainee 87p an hour, and then just as predictably contrasted with another story that he employs his wife as one of the best-paid secretaries in the House of Commons.

It all made for toe-curling viewing as he floundered. But he's hardly alone - off the top of my head I can recall fellow Tory MP Michael Fabricant, former UKIP member Godfrey Bloom (the one who said women who didn't clean behind the fridge were "sluts") and Labour's then defence secretary Bob Ainsworth all making similar gruesome appearances. In every case, vanity triumphs over caution. Boris and Nigel Farage are the only two politicians who can remotely pull off such stunts.

One further point: the Beeb's decision to run its other comedy quiz Would I Lie To You? directly before HIGNFY is a particularly cruel piece of scheduling. The former show, thanks to team captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell and host Rob Brydon, is as sharp as a tack and laugh out loud; messrs Hislop and Merton's effort, by contrast, now looks creaking and dated.

Fergus Kelly, The Express, 8th October 2014

Paul Merton believes that former conservative politician Ann Widdecombe got cocky when hosting the topical quiz.

Written by Huw Fullerton. Digital Spy, 4th October 2014

Have I Got News for You has run for 47 seasons - can satire in Britain survive for its 48th?

Written by Olivia Goldhill. The Telegraph, 3rd October 2014

Where were the court jesters when we needed them? Through the heavy developments of the past few months, we could have done with a few satirical sideswipes from the Have I Got News for You panel to lighten the load. There's nothing like a barb from Ian Hislop or a childish quip from Paul Merton to put recent events in perspective.

Now at least, they're back for a new run, and in the hot seat once again is the unflappable Jennifer Saunders as guest host. Even better, the great Armando Iannucci joins one of the teams, not least to offer a Scottish point of view, while excellent actress and stand-up Sara Pascoe makes her debut.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 3rd October 2014

"Why did you go on it?" I asked. "Because I couldn't figure out," explained Paul Daniels, "why my very funny friends weren't funny when they were on it.

Written by John Fleming. 9th July 2014

A report has cleared the satirical quiz show Have I Got News For You of offending Prince Harry, on the basis that it is a 'tradition' to poke fun at the royals.

Written by Alisdair Glennie. The Daily Mail, 17th June 2014

The BBC One panel show, which was hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, was Friday's highest-rated show outside of soaps, attracting 4.46 million (20.6%) viewers at 9pm.

Written by Liam Martin. Digital Spy, 19th April 2014

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

Nowadays the show has become self satisfied, unsurprising and rather up itself.

Written by John White. Digital Fix, 5th April 2014

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