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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. 477 episodes (54 series), 1990 - 2017. Stars Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

Another series is in development.
Series 52, Highlights Special is repeated on Dave tomorrow at 9pm

Have I Got News For You. Patrick Stewart.

Series 53, Episode 1

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.

Full synopsis

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


  1. Monday 24th April 2017 at 11:45pm on BBC1 (45 minute version)
  2. Tuesday 25th April 2017 at 12:45am on BBC1 Scot (45 minute version)
  3. Monday 8th January 2018 at 10:45pm on BBC1
  4. Sunday 28th January 2018 at 9:00pm on Dave (60 minute version)
  5. Monday 29th January 2018 at 12:50am on Dave (60 minute version)

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
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.


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

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

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