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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

BBC One and BBC Two panel show about the news. 486 episodes (55 series), 1990 - 2018. Stars Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

Returns Friday 6th April at 9:30pm. Episode Guide
Series 53, Episode 9 is repeated on Dave tomorrow at 9pm.
Recording at The London Studios. Tickets

Have I Got News For You. Gary Lineker. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Series 52, Episode 10

Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Gary Lineker, panellist Jon Richardson and a handbag.


MP Nicky Morgan pulled out appearing in this episode. She was replaced by a handbag.

The teams drew, 5 points each.

Broadcast details

Friday 16th December 2016
30 minutes


  1. Monday 19th December 2016 at 12:10am on BBC1 (45 minute version)
  2. Monday 19th December 2016 at 12:55am on BBC1 Scot (40 minute version)
  3. Monday 21st August 2017 at 10:45pm on BBC1
  4. Sunday 15th October 2017 at 9:00pm on Dave (60 minute version)
  5. Monday 16th October 2017 at 1:00am on Dave (60 minute version)

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Gary Lineker Host / Presenter
Jon Richardson Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
Ged Parsons Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Giles Pilbrow Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Nathaniel Tapley (as Nat Tapley) Writer (Additional Material)
Karl Minns Writer (Additional Material)
Ed Amsden Writer (Additional Material)
Tom Coles Writer (Additional Material)
Andrew Fawn Writer (Additional Material)
Christopher Armstrong Writer (Additional Material)
Jo Bunting Writer (Additional Material)
Alan Connor Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Mark Barrett Series Producer
Ed Ryland Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Pinki Chambers Executive Producer
Simon Brook Editor
Jon Ellis Editor
Todd Dalton Editor
Rich Ellis (as Richard Ellis) Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Mikki Rain Production Designer
George Webley (as Big George) Composer


Handbag as a special guest

The panellists are joined by... a handbag.

Featuring: Paul Merton.


Gary Lineker on HIGNFY prompts keyboard fury

Gary Lineker has been accused of "mocking the elderly" and "promoting anti-Brexit propaganda" after making a joke while presenting Have I Got News For You.

Chris York, The Huffington Post, 18th December 2016

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