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
  • 590 episodes (66 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 54 - Have I Got 2017 News For You

Team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by a variety of guest hosts and panellists from the worlds of comedy, journalism and current affairs for a compilation that looks back at the big news of 2017.

Broadcast details

Friday 22nd December 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 22nd December 2017 11:25pm BBC1 Wales
Monday 25th December 2017 11:45pm
45 minute version
Monday 17th September 2018 10:45pm
45 minute version
Monday 17th September 2018 11:15pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Scot

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Martin Clunes Host / Presenter
Alexander Armstrong Host / Presenter
Kirsty Young Host / Presenter
Jo Brand Host / Presenter
Stephen Mangan Host / Presenter
Rhod Gilbert Host / Presenter
Mel Giedroyc Host / Presenter
Victoria Coren Mitchell Host / Presenter
David Tennant Host / Presenter
Frankie Boyle Host / Presenter
Katherine Ryan Host / Presenter
Patrick Stewart Host / Presenter
David Harewood Host / Presenter
Ed Balls Host / Presenter
Adil Ray Host / Presenter
Richard Ayoade Host / Presenter
Kathy Lette Guest
Richard Coles (as The Revd Richard Coles) Guest
Janet Street-Porter Guest
Gyles Brandreth Guest
Adam Boulton Guest
Ross Noble Guest
Armando Iannucci Guest
Jo Caulfield Guest
Andy Hamilton Guest
Jon Richardson Guest
Robert Peston Guest
Miles Jupp Guest
Roisin Conaty Guest
Richard Osman Guest
Henning Wehn Guest
Sara Pascoe Guest
Josh Widdicombe Guest
Kirsty Wark Guest
Cariad Lloyd Guest
Phil Wang Guest
Alan Johnson Guest
Angela Eagle (as Angela Eagle MP) Guest
James O'Brien Guest
Isabel Hardman Guest
Lucy Prebble Guest
Henry Blofeld Guest
Desiree Burch Guest
Steph McGovern Guest
Writing team
Pete Sinclair 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)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Nathaniel Tapley (as Nat Tapley) Writer (Additional Material)
Steven Dick Writer (Additional Material)
Fraser Steele Writer (Additional Material)
Karl Minns Writer (Additional Material)
Andrew Fawn Writer (Additional Material)
Christopher Armstrong Writer (Additional Material)
Alan Connor Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Bowman Writer (Additional Material)
Stevie Cooke Writer (Additional Material)
Laura Major Writer (Additional Material)
Niki Wakefield Writer (Additional Material)
Geoff Norcott Writer (Additional Material)
Julius Nicholson Writer (Additional Material)
Lorna Woolfson Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Lissa Evans Director
Martin Lord Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Mark Barrett Series Producer
Danny Carr Producer
Ed Ryland Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Pinki Chambers Executive Producer
Ruby Kuraishe Executive Producer
Jon Harvey Producer
Alan Tyler Executive Producer
Simon Brook Editor
Jon Ellis Editor
Todd Dalton Editor
Rich Ellis (as Richard Ellis) Editor
Nick Pratt Editor
Jason Boxall Editor
Ben Leighton Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Mikki Rain Production Designer
Hugo Keating Production Designer
Karen Jackson Costume Designer
Peter Raby Lighting Designer
George Webley (as Big George) Composer
Ian Penny Lighting Designer


Odd to reflect that not so long ago there were mutterings HIGNFY had run out of steam. Then came Brexit. And Trump. And who knows what lies ahead next year? That said, it can still seem a little stale on those nights when Merton and Hislop rest too heavily on our familiarity with their respective personas. Tonight's episode gathers highlights, including, presumably, Jo Brand's silencing-the-boys admonishment moment.

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 22nd December 2017

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