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
  • 600 episodes (67 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 61, Episode 1

Have I Got News For You. David Tennant
David Tennant guest presents. He will be joined by comedian Jack Dee and journalist Helen Lewis as the programme continues to record in studio, with a virtual audience.

Preview clips


The episode was originally scheduled to air at 9pm on Friday 9th April, but was postponed due to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.

Ian and Jack won, 6 points to 5.

Broadcast details

Monday 12th April 2021
45 minutes
  • Thursday 8th April 2021, 18:15 at Zoom (Virtual)


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 9th January 2022 9:00pm
60 minute version
Thursday 30th June 2022 1:00am
60 minute version
Monday 25th July 2022 11:40pm
45 minute version
Tuesday 26th July 2022 12:10am
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Sunday 18th September 2022 9:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 19th September 2022 2:00am
55 minute version
Sunday 19th February 2023 12:00am
60 minute version
Monday 20th February 2023 10:00pm
60 minute version
Sunday 9th July 2023 12:00am
60 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
David Tennant Host / Presenter
Jack Dee Guest
Helen Lewis Guest
Writing team
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)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Bowman Writer (Additional Material)
Monica Long Writer (Additional Material)
Katie Storey Writer (Additional Material)
Jane McCutcheon Writer (Additional Material)
Vivienne Riddoch Writer (Additional Material)
Charlie Dinkin Writer (Additional Material)
Runi Talwar Writer (Additional Material)
Tom Birts Writer (Additional Material)
Mike Rayment Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Jo Maney Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Syeda Irtizaali Executive Producer
Simon Brook Editor
Jon Ellis Editor
Rich Ellis (as Richard Ellis) Editor
Nick Pratt Editor
Andrew Selzer 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
Phil Hewson Graphics
David Ward Graphics


Should the NHS give out brave stickers for getting vaccinated?

In the first episode of the new series, the panel take a jab at the NHS vaccination protocol.

Featuring: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, David Tennant, Jack Dee & Helen Lewis.


Anger at joke saying Israel ignores Arabs on vaccines

A complaint has been lodged to the BBC after actor David Tennant read out a comment on a popular comedy show, saying Israel "ignores the Arab population" when it comes to vaccinations.

Jewish News Online, 14th April 2021

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