Have I Got News For You. Image shows left to right: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton. Credit: Matt Crockett
Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You

  • TV panel show
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 1990 - 2024
  • 600 episodes (67 series)

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

Have I Got News For You. Image shows left to right: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton. Credit: Hat Trick Productions, Matt Crockett

Key details

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
1990 - 2024
Channels
BBC One, BBC Two
Episodes
600 (67 series), plus 24 highlights / CIN specials / documentary
Stars
Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton
Directors
John F.D. Northover, Ben Gosling Fuller, Paul Wheeler and Lissa Evans
Producers
Jimmy Mulville, Jo Bunting, Nick Martin, Mark Barrett, Danny Carr, Mike Rayment, Harry Thompson, Colin Swash and more
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Fill in the missing words: ______ is a popular topical panel game starring Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

Originally on BBC Two before moving to BBC One, each episode of Have I Got News For You features a series of topical rounds. On one side is team captain Ian Hislop, editor of satirical magazine Private Eye; the other team is lead by improv comedian Paul Merton.

From its launch in 1990 up to 2002, the show was hosted by Angus Deayton. However, a series of tabloid scandals involving prostitutes and drugs resulted in the the long-time host being forced to resign. Since then, each episode has been hosted by a selection of guest hosts. The list of those regularly asked includes Alexander Armstrong, Kirsty Young, Jeremy Clarkson, Jack Dee and Jo Brand.

HIGNFY's influence spreads far and wide. It's been suggested by a number of commentators that Boris Johnson's popular appearances on the show may well have helped him go on to become Mayor of London.

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Additional details

Also known as
  • John Lloyd's Newsround (Pilot)
  • Have I Got A Little Bit More News For You
  • Have I Got A Bit More News For You
  • Have I Got Old News For You
  • Have I Got News For You? (Incorrect title)
  • HIGNFY (Acronym)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Theme tune written by Big George.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 28th September 1990 at 10pm on BBC Two
Next repeats
  1. Series 58, Episode 8: Sunday at Midnight on Dave
  2. Series 58, Episode 9: Sunday at 1am on Dave
  3. Series 58, Episode 9: Sunday at 9pm on Dave
  4. Series 67, Episode 8: Monday at 10:30pm on BBC1
  5. Series 67, Episode 8: Monday at 11pm on BBC1 Scot
  6. Series 67, Episode 8: Monday at 11pm on BBC1 Wales
  7. Series 62, Episode 2: Tuesday at 11pm on Dave
  8. Series 62, Episode 1: Thursday 30th May at 11:10pm on Dave
  9. Series 67, Episode 9: Friday 31st May at 9:30pm on BBC1 Wales
Most recent repeats

Recording details

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  • Fountain Studios - First few series.
  • The London Studios - Normally recorded on Thursday night
  • Elstree Film Studios - Series 56 - 58 & 61.
  • Riverside Studios - Series 60 - 67
  • Zoom (Virtual) - Series 60 - 61

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