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

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.

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Have I Got News For You. Jeremy Paxman.

Series 55, Episode 1

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!"


Ian and Steph won, 8 points to 6.

Broadcast details

Friday 6th April 2018
30 minutes


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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Ian Hislop Team Captain
    Paul Merton Team Captain
    Guest cast
    Jeremy Paxman Host / Presenter
    Josh Widdicombe Guest
    Stephanie McGovern (as 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
    George Webley (as Big George) Composer


    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

    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

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