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

Have I Got News For You

BBC One and BBC Two panel show about the news. 543 episodes (61 series), 1990 - 2021. Stars Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

Next new episode is on Friday at 9pm. Series 61, Episode 2
Catch-up on Episode 1 on BBC iPlayer   Series 55, Episode 1 is repeated on Dave on Sunday at 2:35am.
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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

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
1990 - 2021
Channels
BBC One, BBC Two
Episodes
543   (61 series), plus 21 highlights / CIN specials / documentary
Starring
Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton
Directors
John F.D. Northover, Ben Gosling Fuller, Paul Wheeler and Lissa Evans
Producers
Jimmy Mulville, Harry Thompson, Colin Swash, Nick Martin, Giles Pilbrow, Steve Doherty, Rebecca Papworth, Jo Bunting, Mark Barrett, Ben Wicks and others

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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Production Details

Production companies
Also known as
  • HIGNFY (Acronym)
  • John Lloyd's Newsround (Pilot)
  • Have I Got A Little Bit More News For You (Other official name)
  • Have I Got A Bit More News For You (Other official name)
  • Have I Got News For You? (Incorrect title)
  • Have I Got Old News For You (Other official name)
Soundtrack
Theme tune written by Big George.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 28th September 1990 on BBC Two at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 12th April 2021 on BBC Two at 10pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 55 Episode 1: Sunday at 2:35am on Dave
  2. Series 55 Episode 1: Sunday at 9pm on Dave
  3. Series 56 Episode 1: Monday at 1:20am on Dave
  4. Series 61 Episode 2: Monday at 10pm on BBC2
  5. Series 55 Episode 2: Sunday 25th April at 2am on Dave
  6. Series 55 Episode 2: Sunday 25th April at 9pm on Dave
  7. Series 56 Episode 2: Monday 26th April at 1:25am on Dave

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