Have I Got News For You - In The Press

A payment of £1,800 Mr Salmond listed in his register of MPs interests as his fee for appearing on the show last month was £300 higher than that recorded by the five other senior UK politicians who featured in the same series.

Written by Andrew Whitaker. The Scotsman, 15th January 2016

Heaven knows, there's not much to laugh about in the news, which almost perversely means we need more than ever the pungent satire of Have I Got News for You. If we can't make fun of our fears, then we're lost.

Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond, now MP for Gordon at Westminster, is one of the guests. He has appeared on the show before, though some years ago, back when everyone, including him, had more hair.

Also trying to help us to forget our troubles is Sara Pascoe, a cheerful stand-up who's clever enough and observant enough not simply to be the female comedian who fills the "we need a woman" chair.

Hosting is everyone's favourite, the twinkly and urbane Alexander Armstrong. As MC of Pointless, he's king of the daytime quiz show, and also recently topped the classical music charts with his first album, A Year of Songs. Let's hope he gives us a tune.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 24th November 2015

Tim Farron to follow in Charles Kennedy's footsteps with appearance on satirical news quiz.

Written by Mark Leftly. The Independent on Sunday, 22nd November 2015

British satire isn't dead so much as sleeping - someone give me a nudge when it wakes up.

Written by Sarah Hughes. The Independent on Sunday, 25th October 2015

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has admitted she is 'terrified' at the prospect of appearing on the long-running show alongside team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Michael Sheen - who once portrayed ex-Labour prime minister Tony Blair - and comedian Jon Richardson.

The Scotsman, 22nd October 2015

Overall, this wasn't HIGNFY's finest (half) hour. However, it still provided a neat blend of political satire, slapstick and incisive political comment that is sorely missing on TV. Not too bad for a show entering its twenty-fifth year.

Written by Rhys Thompson. The Nouse, 3rd October 2015

Jeremy Clarkson's long-awaited appearance hosting Have I Got News For You was Friday's (October 2) highest-rated show outside of soaps.

Written by Tasha Hegarty. Digital Spy, 3rd October 2015

This could have been a memorable edition of this satirical warhorse. Instead it felt a little bit snippy and Paul Merton, usually so good, did his distracted, disinterested look a few too many times.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 3rd October 2015

Clarkson was like a boyfriend reconnecting with an ex and beginning to regret it, says Ed Power.

Written by Ed Power. The Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2015

TV panellist Richard Osman was praised for ripping into the disgraced Top Gear host but some viewers were questioning whether he went too far.

Written by Nicola Agius. The Daily Mirror, 2nd October 2015

Join Helena Horton for live updates as the disgraced former Top Gear presenter returns to the BBC to host Have I Got News For You - his first appearance since his high-profile sacking.

Written by Helena Horton. The Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2015

Whatever happened to Jeremy Clarkson? He doesn't seem to have been on TV much lately but here he is, hosting the first edition of the unstoppable topical quiz's 50th series. Expect zingers about the refugee crisis and Jeremy Corbyn's sandals, plus perhaps some insight into what his friend David Cameron gets up to in the Oxfordshire countryside. Flanking the Jezmeister are regular captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, as well as Pointless star Richard Osman and Camilla Long.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 2nd October 2015

The former Top Gear host is the butt of every gag on this week's Have I Got News For You.

Written by Halina Watts. The Mirror, 1st October 2015

Have I Got News For You has just turned 25. Captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton will return to our screens this Friday for the 50th series premiere, presented by none other than Jeremy Clarkson. Over the years a succession of guests and - following Angus Deayton's controversial sacking in 2002 - presenters have graced the show. We round up the best.

Written by Max Williams. GQ Magazine, 28th September 2015

The ex-Top Gear host pulled out of presenting the satirical panel show after the high profile furore following his fracas with a producer.

Written by Carl Greenwood. The Daily Mirror, 18th September 2015

A quarter of a century ago this month, Maggie still ruled Britain, the Soviet Union still existed and a new topical panel show came to BBC Two. The host and team captains of Have I Got News For You were all in their earlier thirties and while not unknown were not exactly household names either.

Written by Chris Hallam. Chris Hallam's World View, 17th September 2015

Outgoing News Quiz presenter says her gender was the reason the corporation didn’t choose her for Have I Got News For You 25 years ago

Written by John Plunkett. The Guardian, 16th June 2015

Guest host Jack Dee introduces vintage clips of the politician's best moments, including him out-quipping Jeremy Clarkson.

The Guardian, 6th June 2015

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

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