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 2

Have I Got News For You. Adrian Dunbar
Adrian Dunbar guest presents the second episode of the 61st series - his first appearance on the programme. Joining the Line Of Duty actor is comedian Katherine Ryan (now her eighth appearance on the show) and The Sunday Times's Political Editor Tim Shipman.

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Adrian Dunbar hosts HIGNFY in the week that saw the country mourn the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh, lockdown restrictions being eased and questions being raised over David Cameron's role with finance firm Greensill Capital after his tenure as Prime Minister.

With Dunbar in the host's chair for the first time, both he and the panel provided plenty of enjoyable references for fans of the BBC One smash-hit Line Of Duty to enjoy when discussing the week's news.

Adrian Dunbar's attention turned to the easing of lockdown restrictions across the country:

"This is the joyous lifting of lockdown, or if you're watching the repeat, the reckless harbinger of the third wave."

"One vaccine development this week is that AZ has been backed by the MHRA, an EMA using data from the ONS and the PHE to support the JCV... I mean... hang on... I only said yes to this show to get away from bloody acronyms!"

"According to the Daily Mirror on Monday, 4 million pints of beer were sold in the UK, the equivalent of 92 pints per second. Which proves, if there's one thing we can roll out faster than the vaccine... it's the barrel!"

"How I've missed those spur of the moment, impromptu quick drinks with mates, where you just go online to the local pub's website, access the booking form, find an hour and a half window on the 23rd April between 5:45 - 7:15pm in the garden, use a credit card to pay a deposit to secure the booking, and enter the names, emails and mobile phone numbers of each of the people who will be attending... and chill..."

Later in the programme, the panel discussed David Cameron, who will face an investigation over his role with finance firm Greensill Capital, with panellist Tim Shipman delighting in dropping Line Of Duty references where he could.

"Well it's David Cameron. This is the part of the show where we talk about nicking bent lobbyists, allegedly."

"He got involved with this financier chap called Lex Greensill... Lex Luther not being available that week... He got him to come and work for him and then when he stopped being Prime Minister, he started doing some work for Mr Greensill in return. Phoning up all his old mates and asking for lots of money. Unfortunately, most of his old mates told him to get stuffed. Boris Johnson has been shocked to discover that all this has been going on so he's ordered an independent inquiry."

Katherine Ryan: "It's very urgent, it only took 11 years to be investigated..."

Shipman: "Dave is going to turn up, he's going to answer all the questions. Though I think you'll find, Adrian, that he does want to be quizzed by someone one rank senior to himself..."

Referencing D.I. Ted Hastings gut-wrenching line in the most recent episode of Line Of Duty when told AC12 was to be closed, Ian Hislop continued about Cameron: "When I look at Cameron, I just want to say 'what has happened to us? When did we stop caring about honesty and integrity? It's not a rhetorical question."

Adrian Dunbar: "Ah yes, and 'a bare-faced liar promoted to our highest office'. Don't forget that Ian..."


The teams drew, 6 points each.

Broadcast details

Friday 16th April 2021
30 minutes
  • Thursday 15th April 2021, 18:15 at Zoom (Virtual)


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 19th April 2021 10:00pm
45 minute version
Sunday 16th January 2022 9:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 17th January 2022 2:50am
70 minute version
Wednesday 29th June 2022 11:00pm
60 minute version
Tuesday 26th July 2022 12:55am
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Friday 24th February 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Tuesday 11th July 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Saturday 23rd December 2023 12:15am
60 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Adrian Dunbar Host / Presenter
Katherine Ryan Guest
Tim Shipman Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash 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)
James Farmer Writer (Additional Material)
Jon Harvey Writer (Additional Material)
Ian Pike Writer (Additional Material)
Runi Talwar Writer (Additional Material)
Mike Rayment Writer (Additional Material)
Kae Kurd 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


The vaccine programme

The panel talk about whether or not the vaccine programme has been a success.

Featuring: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Adrian Dunbar, Katherine Ryan & Tim Shipman.

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