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

Have I Got News For You

  • TV panel show
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 1990 - 2021
  • 553 episodes (62 series)

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

  1. 17th January via British Comedy Guide: Comedy.co.uk Awards 2021 shortlist
  2. 25th October via The Sun: BBC under fire for booking Fin Taylor on HIGNFY
Have I Got News For You. Image shows from L to R: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton

Key details

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
1990 - 2021
Channels
BBC One, BBC Two
Episodes
553 (62 series), plus 22 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, Harry Thompson, Colin Swash, Giles Pilbrow and more
Companies

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.

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.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 28th September 1990 at 10pm on BBC Two
Next repeats
  1. Series 60, Episode 1: Tomorrow at 9pm on Dave
  2. Series 54, Episode 3: Sunday at Midnight on Dave
  3. Series 61, Episode 3: Sunday at 9pm on Dave
  4. Series 61, Episode 3: Monday at 2am on Dave
  5. Series 60, Episode 2: Friday 28th January at 9pm on Dave
Most recent repeats

Recording details

Free tickets

  • Fountain Studios - First few series.
  • The London Studios - Normally recorded on Thursday night
  • Elstree Film Studios - Series 56 - 58, 61.
  • Riverside Studios - Series 60 - 62
  • Zoom (Virtual) - Series 60 - 61

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