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. 515 episodes (58 series), 1990 - 2019. Stars Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

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Series 40, Episode 1

With guest host Benedict Cumberbatch and guest panellists Victoria Coren and Jon Richardson.

Further details

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

Have I Got News For You returns to BBC One on Thursday 14 October for ten weeks. And the first guest host will be the hugely popular, BAFTA-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch, critically acclaimed star of the recent hit series Sherlock. This will be his first time as guest host.

Benedict comments: "I'm very excited and honoured and, like a moth to the flame, I am terrified but cannot resist! I have watched the show since its inception, and my family and I used to make it a routine TV date to relish. How could I resist the chance for the audience to witness my being shot down in flames by the wit of Merton and Hislop?"

Nominated for a Bafta for his role in Small Island, Cumberbatch will be seen on the big screen as the star of two major films, Steven Spielberg's version of War Horse with Jeremy Irvine, David Thewlis and Emily Watson and Working Title's movie version of John Le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy alongside Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy.

This will be the 138th show hosted by a guest presenter in the eight years since Angus Deayton left in October 2002.


Paul and Jon are the winners.

Broadcast details

Thursday 14th October 2010
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Ian Hislop Team Captain
    Paul Merton Team Captain
    Guest cast
    Benedict Cumberbatch Host / Presenter
    Jon Richardson Guest
    Victoria Coren Mitchell (as Victoria Coren) Guest
    Writing team
    Mark Burton Writer (Additional Material)
    Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
    Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
    Ged Parsons Writer (Additional Material)
    Dan Gaster Writer (Additional Material)
    Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
    Giles Pilbrow Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Paul Wheeler Director
    Nick Martin Producer
    Mark Barrett Producer
    Richard Wilson Executive Producer
    Simon Brook Editor
    Jon Ellis Editor
    Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
    Mikki Rain Production Designer

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