Have I Got News For You. Image shows left to right: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton. Credit: Matt Crockett
Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You

  • TV panel show
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 1990 - 2024
  • 600 episodes (67 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 53, Episode 1

Have I Got News For You. Patrick Stewart
Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Patrick Stewart, Richard Osman and Camilla Long in a new series of the long-running topical news quiz.

Preview clips

Further details

Patrick Stewart says: "A long awaited and anticipated moment in my career has arrived. I am to host the season opener of Have I Got News For You. I could not be more delighted."


Paul and Richard won, 4 points to 3.

Angela Eagle was originally billed to appear on this programme.

Broadcast details

Friday 21st April 2017
30 minutes
  • Thursday 20th April 2017, 18:30 at The London Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 24th April 2017 11:45pm
45 minute version
Tuesday 25th April 2017 12:45am
45 minute version
BBC1 Scot
Monday 8th January 2018 10:45pm BBC1
Sunday 28th January 2018 9:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 29th January 2018 12:50am
60 minute version
Friday 8th February 2019 8:00pm
60 minute version
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 12:00am
60 minute version
Tuesday 2nd July 2019 12:40am
60 minute version
Saturday 3rd August 2019 9:00pm
60 minute version
Sunday 4th August 2019 1:00am
60 minute version
Friday 18th October 2019 8:00pm
60 minute version
Saturday 19th October 2019 12:25am
60 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Patrick Stewart Host / Presenter
Richard Osman Guest
Camilla Long Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Giles Pilbrow Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Fraser Steele Writer (Additional Material)
Karl Minns Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Ed Ryland Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Ruby Kuraishe 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
Karen Jackson Costume Designer
Peter Raby Lighting Designer
George Webley (as Big George) Composer


The snap election

The programme chats about the fact there's going to be another election.

Featuring: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Richard Osman & Camilla Long.


Preview - Have I Got News for You

One of the big questions in the comedy world at the moment is whether we are experiencing a new satire boom?

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 21st April 2017

While HIGNFY has lost a good deal of its bite, this new series will be intriguing. Will hitherto regular Ken Livingstone be invited on to burble about Hitler? Will any Labour MPs subject themselves to Corbyn-related derision? And, with impartiality more contested than ever, what will be the Brexit angle? Socialist luvvie Patrick Stewart chairs this opener, presumably to the bloviating chagrin of right-wing newspaper columnists everywhere.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 21st April 2017

Patrick Stewart to host HIGNFY

Former Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart has been confirmed as the host of the first episode of the new series of BBC One panel show stalwart Have I Got News for You.

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 5th April 2017

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