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. 543 episodes (61 series), 1990 - 2021. Stars Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

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Have I Got News For You. Victoria Coren Mitchell.

Series 61, Episode 3

Victoria Coren Mitchell guest presents the third episode - it is her 14th time in the host's chair. Joining the writer and presenter is Josh Widdicombe and author, academic and host of BBC Four's Britain's Lost Masterpieces, Emma Dabiri.

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Victoria Coren Mitchell is in the host's chair, joined by comedian Josh Widdicombe and author, academic and host of BBC Four's Britain's Lost Masterpieces Emma Dabiri.

Joining the regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, the new series continues to record in studio with a virtual audience, in the week that saw politicians out on the campaign trail for the upcoming local elections, questions being raised about texts sent to Boris Johnson by Sir James Dyson, Labour leader Keir Starmer being kicked out of a pub and a legal dispute between Aldi and Marks & Spencer about the similarities between their respective chocolate caterpillar cakes.

Immediate attention however was paid to 12 of Europe's biggest football clubs this week announcing plans for a new European Super League, only for 9 of the 12 involved to withdraw from the scheme within 48 hours following outrage and protests from football fans, politicians and the game's governing bodies.

"This is the new Super League that was put forward on Monday and had sort of completely fallen over by Wednesday," said Paul Merton.

"And I think people's objection was that it was all to do with money... is that a new thing in football?" joked Victoria Coren Mitchell.

"No I think their objection mainly was that you could be in this league, but there'd be no relegation. If you were one of the teams that wasn't in this league, you couldn't get into the league. So essentially it was a series of exhibition matches where if you lost, it didn't matter," pointed out Merton.

"...bit like this!" laughed Ian Hislop.

"If there was relegation in this, Ian would be in some sort of semi-amateur dramatic version of this somewhere in a church hall in Tunbridge Wells, but, you know, he's not...!" joked Merton.

"I actually found it all very inspiring. I didn't expect to be inspired by football fans but honestly, the way they demonstrated the people power to actually make a change happen, in that way and so rapidly, was kind of inspiring. Especially in these times you know where people can feel quite powerless about decisions that are made," said panellist Emma Dabiri.

"I thought it was a brilliant 48 hours. Genuinely, I'm going to say it, that 48 hours is the most I've enjoyed football in my lifetime. And I say that as a football fan. You had anger, excitement, that's why I'm into football... and then... we won! I've never experienced that before, it was everything!" beamed panellist Josh Widdicombe.

"Which team to do you support?" asked Merton.

"Plymouth..." Widdicombe replied, "...we weren't in the 12."

"You're lucky to be in the 92, aren't you?" joked Merton.

"Boris Johnson said that he would drop a 'legislative bomb' (to stop the European Super League). What did he mean by that?" asked Coren Mitchell.

"It's amazing how fast he can actually get legislation through, or threaten to, when it's something really important... like football. Any other sort of major bill takes years to pass through the Commons," pointed out Hislop.

"This was the European Super League, with 12 top clubs all competing for the title of 'Europe's Greediest B****rd'," joked Coren Mitchell, before continuing.

"Labour also came out against the plan. Keir Starmer has a lot in common with the average football supporter. After all, only this week he was thrown out of a pub."


Paul and Emma won, 5 points to 4.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on BBC iPlayer

Friday 23rd April 2021
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Victoria Coren Mitchell Host / Presenter
Josh Widdicombe Guest
Emma Dabiri Guest
Writing team
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
Ged Parsons Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Katie Storey Writer (Additional Material)
Domenico Farelli Writer (Additional Material)
Emma Moran Writer (Additional Material)
Mike Rayment Writer (Additional Material)
Laura Lexx Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Martin Lord Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Jo Maney Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Katie Taylor Executive Producer


The European Super League

The panel look at the failed proposal for a new football league.

Featuring: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Josh Widdicombe, Emma Dabiri.


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