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 9

Have I Got News For You. Aisling Bea
Aisling Bea takes to the host's chair for her programme debut. Ian and Paul are joined by comedian and actor Roisin Conaty & BBC newsreader and the recently-announced new host of Mastermind, Clive Myrie.

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The concluding episode for the series came in the week that saw Boris Johnson marry Carrie Symonds, Lord Geidt clear the PM of breaking the ministerial code with regards to the refurbishment of his home at Downing Street, Kevan Collins resign over the lack of funding for education "catch up" and Piers Morgan interview Keir Starmer for his ITV series Life Stories where he asked him 14 times if he took drugs at university.

The panel's attention turned to Boris' "secret" wedding.

"The ceremony was in Westminster Cathedral. How come twice divorced Boris was allowed to get married there even though the Catholic Church doesn't actually allow divorcees to remarry in a church?" asked Aisling.

"Very good question. And it raised a lot of consternation among Catholics and some clergy as well. Indeed, one father said that clearly there is one Canon law for the rich and one for the poor" explained Clive.

Ian added: "It's a technicality. Obviously, the country were amazed that Boris should be failing to obey the rules."

Ian then went on to explain "Downing Street was very clear to tell us that the Prime Minister had actually paid for the entire wedding himself..... I mean, just unbelievable what a guy."

Aisling pointed out: "It saves so much money you know, not buying anything in their home."

Ian agreed: "Yes I think it's quite indicative that when someone else is paying it's gold wallpaper and when he's paying it's hay bales."

On clearing out the church for the ceremony, Aisling explained: "Do you know what they told the people & all the staff who were in the church? .... They ushered them out by telling them that the building was under lockdown."

"The first lockdown that Boris has been on time with" claimed Ian.

Later on in the episode the panel turned to Keir Starmer being interviewed by Piers Morgan on Life Stories this week, in a move to help "popularise" him. Having been asked 14 times whether he did drugs at university, Kier's response to Piers was "we had a good time at university."

Paul turned to Ian: "Surely at university you must've been enticed to taking some snuff at some point?"

Ian's jokingly replied: "Let's put it this way Paul, we had a good time... and if you start on Sherry, I'm going to leave"


Paul and Roisin won, 5 points to 4.

Broadcast details

Friday 4th June 2021
30 minutes
  • Thursday 3rd June 2021, 19:00 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 7th June 2021 10:00pm
45 minute version
Sunday 6th March 2022 9:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 7th March 2022 2:00am
65 minute version
Tuesday 30th August 2022 12:00am
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Tuesday 30th August 2022 12:00am
45 minute version
BBC1 Scot
Sunday 19th March 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Thursday 30th March 2023 11:00pm
60 minute version
Wednesday 26th July 2023 12:00am
60 minute version
Tuesday 28th November 2023 1:20am
60 minute version
Tuesday 28th November 2023 11:00pm
60 minute version
Sunday 31st December 2023 2:00am
50 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Aisling Bea Host / Presenter
Roisin Conaty Guest
Clive Myrie Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Ged Parsons Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Katie Storey Writer (Additional Material)
Zoƫ Tomalin Writer (Additional Material)
Domenico Farelli Writer (Additional Material)
Emma Moran Writer (Additional Material)
Adam Hess Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Jo Maney Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Ruby Kuraishe Executive Producer
Simon Brook Editor
Jon Ellis 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
Phil Hewson Graphics
David Ward Graphics


Boris Johnson's wedding

A look at how the PM was able to hold his secret wedding.

Featuring: Ian Hislop, Aisling Bea & Roisin Conaty.

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