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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 6th Apr at 9:30pm. Episode Guide
Series 53, Episode 4 is repeated on Dave today at 9pm.
Recording at The London Studios. Tickets

Have I Got News For You. Alexander Armstrong.

Series 54, Episode 1

Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Alexander Armstrong and guest panellists Roisin Conaty and James O'Brien.

Full synopsis

LBC presenter James O'Brien and comedian Roisin Conaty join host Alexander Armstrong, who makes a record-breaking thirtieth appearance as guest host.

Making his debut on the show, O'Brien comments: "Have I Got News For You has always been at the absolute top of my TV wish list, but now that it looks like I'm going to be on it, I'm paralysed with nerves."


Paul and James won, 5 points to 4.

Broadcast details

Friday 6th October 2017
30 minutes


  1. Monday 9th October 2017 at 10:45pm on BBC1 (45 minute version)

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Alexander Armstrong Host / Presenter
Roisin Conaty Guest
James O'Brien Guest
Writing team
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Fraser Steele Writer (Additional Material)
Karl Minns Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Mark Barrett Series Producer
Ed Ryland Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Ruby Kuraishe Executive Producer
Simon Brook Editor
Jon Ellis Editor
Rich Ellis (as Richard Ellis) Editor
Ben Leighton Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Mikki Rain Production Designer
Hugo Keating Production Designer
George Webley (as Big George) Composer


Preview - Have I Got News for You

The BBC's long-running satirical panel show enters its 54th series tonight.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 6th October 2017

As HIGNFY returns for its 54th series, it's hard to know how to feel about this telly institution. It has undoubtedly lost something of its bite with Ian Hislop and Paul Merton having long since adopted roles they could play in their sleep. Plus, the show is probably marginally to blame for the ascent of Boris Johnson. But, still, in these absurd times, someone's got to take the mickey. The urbane Alexander Armstrong hosts.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 6th October 2017

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