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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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
"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