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
  • 590 episodes (66 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 62, Episode 3

Have I Got News For You. Jo Brand
Jo Brand hosts as Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are joined by guests Rylan Clark-Neal and Robert Peston.

Further details

Jo Brand guest hosts, joined on the panels by broadcaster Robert Peston and TV presenter Rylan, who makes his first appearance on the programme.

Joining the regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, the series continued in studio, with a live, socially distanced studio audience, in the week that saw the government unveil plans for swapping central heating for eco heat pumps, the Queen expressing her views on global climate change action, Prince William donning a velvet green tuxedo and the city of Vienna joining OnlyFans.

This week's programme also had the panel talking about the government's proposed plans for combatting the rise in COVID cases across the country, after they hit the highest numbers since July.

"The government keep saying we're going to carry on as normal, and normal for us is to do nothing until just before it's too late, and then panic and change. So when I listened to a number of government ministers saying there is no way there's going to be another lockdown, I just went out and bought some toilet rolls" laughed Ian.

"Does anybody know the difference between Plan B, Plan B+ and Plan C? Plan B+, also called Plan C, is a lockdown similar to last November. Can anyone remember what that was? I can't remember anything!" asked Jo Brand.

"November's lockdown was finite, it was two weeks. Do you remember what happened after last year's really short lockdown? Christmas was completely... destroyed" Robert Peston pointed out.

"Oh here we go. I was really looking forward to meeting you!" laughed Rylan about Peston's downbeat comments on the COVID situation.

"We don't know what they're going to do. I mean, they keep saying day by day we'll look at the figures, we'll look at the facts and then we'll make a decision," said Hislop.

"We had the Health Secretary on stage yesterday saying, 'The NHS is fine! They're coping!' Were you reassured?" asked Peston.

"Well, I mean, not after meeting you!" Rylan joked.

"Do you know what the new strain of COVID is called?" asked Brand.

"I do.. it's AY.4.2." said Peston.

"It is AY.4.2. Which sounds a bit like a Geordie confirming an earthquake...." quipped Brand.

Later on in the programme, the panel's attention turned to the latest shortage the country has been experiencing: nightclub bouncers.

"Due to COVID and the shortages, why might it be easier to get into a club this year? When you go into a club, what's there to make it difficult for you?" asked Brand.

"The music for me," joked Hislop.

"There's a shortage of bouncers," pointed out Merton.

"So why is there a shortage of bouncers?" Hislop asked.

"There's not enough of them," quipped Merton.

"I don't think there's a shortage in Essex. Everyone's a bouncer. There's a bouncer every three doors along. 'What do you do for a job?' 'Bouncer.' Genuinely," joked Rylan.

"Can you have one in your own home?" asked Hislop.

"How do you know I haven't? And I saw you outside on the lawn the other morning!" Rylan laughed with Hislop.

"Economists' explanation for why there's such a shortage of everything is known as the great supply chain crisis, which means that things like tankers are in the wrong part the world, but obviously bouncers are in Essex!" said Peston.

"And there's no lorries to take the bouncers to other bits of the country! Cause you can get about 1000 of them in the back of one of those big trucks, can't you?" joked Hislop.

"Well they can't get into the truck, as the truck driver says 'You're not coming in here dressed like that'," quipped Merton.


Victoria Coren-Mitchell was originally scheduled to host this episode.

The teams drew, 4 points each.

Broadcast details

Friday 22nd October 2021
30 minutes
  • Thursday 21st October 2021, 19:00 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 27th October 2021 1:05am
45 minute version
Sunday 17th July 2022 9:00pm
60 minute version
Tuesday 6th December 2022 1:10am BBC1
Saturday 11th March 2023 11:40pm
60 minute version
Tuesday 20th June 2023 11:00pm
60 minute version
Wednesday 21st June 2023 3:00am Dave
Tuesday 3rd October 2023 11:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 29th January 2024 10:40pm BBC1
Monday 29th January 2024 11:10pm BBC1 Wales
Wednesday 31st January 2024 10:00pm
60 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Jo Brand Host / Presenter
Robert Peston Guest
Rylan Clark-Neal (as Rylan) Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Gaster Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Charlie Skelton Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Bowman Writer (Additional Material)
Runi Talwar Writer (Additional Material)
Ian Smith Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Danny Carr Series Producer
Jo Maney Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Ruby Kuraishe Executive Producer
Simon Brook Editor
Jon Ellis Editor
Nick Pratt Editor
Balint Szabo Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Mikki Rain Production Designer
Hugo Keating Production Designer
Karen Jackson Costume Designer
George Webley (as Big George) Composer
David Ward Graphics
Ian Penny Lighting Designer
Jordan Allen Graphics

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