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.

Series 60, Episode 7 is repeated today at 11:15pm.

Have I Got News For You. Aisling Bea.

Series 61, Episode 9

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.

Further details

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

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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


Boris Johnson's wedding

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

Featuring: Ian Hislop, Roisin Conaty, Aisling Bea.


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