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.

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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.

Notes

Paul and Jon are the winners.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 14th October 2010
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 16th October 2010 9:00pm
45 minute version
BBC2
Tuesday 4th January 2011 10:00pm BBC2
Saturday 25th June 2011 9:00pm
45 minute version
BBC2
Monday 1st August 2011 10:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Tuesday 2nd August 2011 12:40am
55 minute version
Dave
Saturday 27th August 2011 9:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Saturday 27th August 2011 11:55pm
60 minute version
Dave
Monday 3rd October 2011 9:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Tuesday 4th October 2011 1:05am
45 minute version
Dave
Wednesday 23rd November 2011 10:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Thursday 24th November 2011 1:20am
45 minute version
Dave
Tuesday 27th December 2011 6:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Saturday 18th February 2012 10:30pm
45 minute version
BBC2
Sunday 19th February 2012 12:55am
45 minute version
BBC2 Wales
Wednesday 7th March 2012 9:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Thursday 8th March 2012 12:20am
60 minute version
Dave
Thursday 20th September 2012 9:30pm BBC1
Saturday 22nd December 2012 10:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Sunday 23rd December 2012 12:15am
60 minute version
Dave
Saturday 26th January 2013 10:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Thursday 18th April 2013 10:00pm
50 minute version
Dave
Friday 19th April 2013 1:40am
50 minute version
Dave
Friday 24th May 2013 7:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Saturday 25th May 2013 12:00am
55 minute version
Dave
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 7:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 11:40pm
55 minute version
Dave
Sunday 27th October 2013 9:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Friday 6th December 2013 7:00pm
60 minute version
Dave

Cast & crew

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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