Have I Got News For You. Image shows from L to R: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton
Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You

  • TV panel show
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 1990 - 2021
  • 553 episodes (62 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 55, Episode 1

Have I Got News For You. Jeremy Paxman
Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Jeremy Paxman and panellists Steph McGovern and Josh Widdicombe.

Further details

Paxman is said to have really enjoyed presenting the show, despite previously telling the show's producer "I'd rather have my testicles crushed between two bricks" when they asked him on a few years ago.

The satirical quiz show has much to debate in this new series, from spy poisonings to Brexit and Cambridge Analytica data breaches. In addition, in this first episode they also covered Teesside's finest culinary delicacy, The Parmo. Steph McGovern commented: "Ah lads you've never had a chicken parmo? [...] You haven't had a good night out until you've woken up with a bit of parmo on your face!"

Notes

Ian and Steph won, 8 points to 6.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 6th April 2018
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes
Recorded
  • Thursday 5th April 2018, 18:30 at The London Studios

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 9th April 2018 10:45pm
45 minute version
BBC1
Sunday 6th January 2019 9:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Monday 7th January 2019 10:45pm
45 minute version
BBC1
Friday 24th May 2019 12:20am
60 minute version
Dave
Wednesday 4th September 2019 1:40am
65 minute version
Dave
Wednesday 4th September 2019 7:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Wednesday 18th September 2019 1:45am Dave
Wednesday 18th September 2019 7:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Saturday 21st September 2019 1:30am
55 minute version
Dave
Sunday 10th November 2019 12:20am
60 minute version
Dave
Sunday 10th November 2019 9:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Sunday 17th November 2019 12:40am
60 minute version
Dave
Sunday 17th November 2019 9:00pm
60 minute version
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Thursday 19th March 2020 8:20pm
60 minute version
Dave
Friday 20th March 2020 1:00am
60 minute version
Dave
Friday 6th November 2020 12:25am
60 minute version
Dave
Sunday 18th April 2021 2:35am
55 minute version
Dave
Sunday 18th April 2021 9:00pm
60 minute version
Dave
Thursday 2nd September 2021 12:40am
60 minute version
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Wednesday 17th November 2021 12:40am
60 minute version
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Cast & crew

Cast
Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Jeremy Paxman Host / Presenter
Josh Widdicombe Guest
Steph McGovern 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
Nick Pratt 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

Press

The biggest problem for the makers of a satirical news quiz in 2018 must be knowing where to start. Hislop and Merton's Friday-night fixture has felt slightly flabby in recent series but Brexit, Trump and Cambridge Analytica feel like fish in a barrel, just waiting to be shot. Jeremy Paxman hosts this opener.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 6th April 2018

HIGNFY: women hit back against 'too modest' claims

Politicians and comics dispute Ian Hislop's comments about reasons for lack of female hosts on panel show.

Bruce Dessau, The Guardian, 6th April 2018

Hislop should ask why women are too modest for HIGNFY

If HIGNFY has created an environment that women are reluctant to enter, that is not on women - that's on Hislop and friends.

Tracy King, The New Statesman, 5th April 2018

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