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Have I Got News For You. Copyright: BBC / Hat Trick Productions.

Have I Got News For You

BBC One and BBC Two panel show about the news. 476 episodes (54 series), 1990 - 2017. Stars Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and Angus Deayton.

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Have I Got News For You. Image shows from L to R: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton. Copyright: BBC / Hat Trick Productions.

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 - 2017
Channels
BBC One, BBC Two
Episodes
476   (54 series), plus 17 specials
Starring
Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and Angus Deayton
Directors
John F.D. Northover, Ben Fuller, Paul Wheeler and Lissa Evans
Producers
Harry Thompson, Colin Swash, Nick Martin, Giles Pilbrow, Steve Doherty, Rebecca Papworth, Jo Bunting, Mark Barrett, Ben Wicks, Danny Carr and Ed Ryland

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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