Jimmy Savile on HIGNFY - was this a HOAX?

Have I Got News For You. Image shows from L to R: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton.

Have I Got News For You

Long-running topical panel game with a strong political slant, featuring team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton

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simonelli

  • Saturday 29th October 2011, 8:04pm
  • London, England
  • 19 posts

Apparently unbroadcast episode of HIGNFY from 1999 with Paul Merton and Ian Hislop mercilessly and obscenely ripping into the late Jimmy Savile.

http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/rogerb/jokes/HIGNFY.txt

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I've seen suggestion elsewhere that this might be the work of arch-satirist Chris Morris. Whatever, neither Hislop or Merton are on record as having denied it actually took place.

Wonderfully compulsive. Though, I thought a little out of character for Paul Merton.

What do you think?

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zooo

  • Saturday 29th October 2011, 8:10pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,191 posts

I don't personally think that transcript is real, no.

But it would be amazing viewing if it was.

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cwickham

  • Saturday 29th October 2011, 10:47pm
  • England
  • 275 posts

Several people were linking to this on Twitter and saying it was a fake today. As Aaron notes, it has who's on which team mixed up compared to the real episode.

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That's Postwang

  • Saturday 29th October 2011, 11:00pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 3 posts

It's a fake. Someone on the now defunct comedy fanforum 'Some of the Corpses are Amusing' claimed authorship. Their target was apparently a particular journalist, though I don't think it was clear what the sting was intended to be- perhaps to let them run the story and then get sued? Then it went viral as an email. That's the story anyhow.

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sootyj

  • Sunday 30th October 2011, 11:13am
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

Can this subject be dropped?

He was an eccentric who entertained many, raised vast funds for charity and generally made the world a better place.

In his life there was no meaningful scandal attached to him ever.

The closest was when he allegedly said he hated children.

And this mock script is neither funny nor convincing.

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Aaron

  • Sunday 30th October 2011, 1:15pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Timbo @ October 30 2011, 12:07 PM BST

http://everything2.com/title/The+Dark+Side+of+Jimmy+Savile

Saville always gave me the creeps, but this story appears to be without substance.


Unless that page has been re-written in the 15 hours or so since I read it, on what basis do you say that? The post merely describes the 'transcript', it doesn't offer any particular 'proof' one way or the other, nor did it reach any sort of conclusion that I could see.

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KM378

  • Sunday 30th October 2011, 6:04pm [Edited]
  • London, England
  • 5,633 posts

Louis Theroux addressed the "rumours" with Savile himself, in a very roundabout way, during one of his programmes.

I think the meme that Savile liked young girls existed before the HIGNFY transcript, which I reckon is almost certainly bollocks.

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Silvio

  • Tuesday 8th November 2011, 4:00pm
  • Brighton, England
  • 1 posts

Whilst reading the news story today about Savile's forthcoming funeral I thought it would be funny to see the footage of that HIGNFY episode again, I assumed it would be on YouTube or other video-sharing sites as I thought it was a commonly-seen piece of footage. After searching for it I now realise that that is not the case and I have ended up here only to read that for years most people believed it to be a hoax.

I was sent this footage a few years ago in an email from a work colleague. I don't know where he got it from, nor did I think to ask as I presumed it would be something easily found on the net. Merton clearly had a bee in his bonnet about Savile because he was relentless and quite nasty. It was pretty much straight-up bullying of an old man over rumours I had never heard about before, funny at first but then just bizarre. You could hear the audience reaction turn from laughter to shock. Jimmy was actually sitting next to Paul on his team, and was not on Ian's team as the programme info link posted above states. I didn't think too much more about it until today because I presumed many people had seen it and that it was relatively common-knowledge. I know some people won't believe me and that's fair enough as I have no proof, all I can say is that I clearly remember seeing the footage, and it was very real.

I joined this site today so that I could tell you this(!), if I hadn't I certainly wouldn't be wasting my time making this all up!

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KM378

  • Tuesday 8th November 2011, 4:03pm
  • London, England
  • 5,633 posts

If Silvio says it's true, that's good enough for me.

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 8th November 2011, 4:39pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Interesting. If that's true then it suggests they re-recorded the show. I double-checked, and Savile is most definitely on Ian's team, with Diane Abbott on Paul's.

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blahblah

  • Tuesday 8th November 2011, 5:04pm
  • sunderland, England
  • 1,130 posts

I only read the first few lines on the transcript and can't believe that is true in any way. If it were I'm sure it would be viral - the footage and not some word document any one can knock up. The transcript is not funny at all and made me cringe

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Lassoon

  • Tuesday 8th November 2011, 6:46pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 214 posts
Quote: Aaron @ November 8 2011, 4:39 PM GMT

Interesting. If that's true then it suggests they re-recorded the show. I double-checked, and Savile is most definitely on Ian's team, with Diane Abbott on Paul's.


Yes, isn't that the episode where Savile lights a cigar? I clearly remember Ian wafting the smoke away and making a face, not Paul.

Oh, and for the record, I think what Silvio is saying is absolute BS.

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rickyk2k

  • Saturday 28th January 2012, 1:24pm
  • England
  • 1 posts

Can someone please send me a link to hignfy s17 e7 ????
or
Louis Theroux meets Jimmy Savile????
They seem to be missing from this world wide web thingy!
I wonder why?
Seems very strange indeed to me as I have seen the full glory of hignfy s17 e7.. it was definitely no hoax