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 63, Episode 1

Have I Got News For You. Clive Myrie
BBC newsreader and Mastermind presenter Clive Myrie guest hosts this opening episode of Series 63. He's joined by journalist Helen Lewis and comedian Andy Hamilton, plus Ian and Paul.

Further details

Clive Myrie, ahead of the show, said: "I'm so excited and really looking forward to a second stint as host of HIGNFY. It's clear that in my absence Merton and Hislop have been running amok. A firm hand is needed to rein the scoundrels in. They'd better be ready!!"

It was a busy week of news for the show to be returning to screens, with the panellists discussing developments to the war in Ukraine, bust ups at the Oscars, the Chancellor's Spring statement, and fines being issued following the police report into Downing Street 'partygate'.

Clive Myrie immediately made reference to the controversy this week after actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, with Smith having been offended by a joke Rock made at his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith's expense.

"Good evening. Welcome to Have I Got News For You, I'm Clive Myrie. Now, just to be on the safe side after what happened at the Oscars, I've cut all the jokes about Ian's wife," Myrie joked.

"And I'm going to repeat the ones about Rishi Sunak's wife," replied Hislop.

Discussion soon moved on to the war in Ukraine, and how it emerged this week that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators had experienced symptoms consistent with poisoning after a meeting in Kyiv at the start of March.

"This is of course the war in Ukraine, which appears to be entering a new phase after negotiations between the Russians and Ukraine. How did the head of the Russian negotiations team explain the withdrawal of forces from around Kyiv?" asked Myrie.

"It's a new phase of the war, it's called 'defeat'" said Ian Hislop.

"Yeah, he said Russia was 'reducing its combat operations to build trust'. I'm sure that's worked well," joked Myrie. "Who was involved in the negotiations?"

"Roman Abramovich, the former-ish owner of Chelsea. Except he got poisoned in a way that sounded quite suspicious. Him and a couple of Ukrainian MPs woke up the next day with temporary loss of vision and peeling skin. Which as far as I know, happens to about 100,000 British holiday makers every year," joked Helen Lewis.

"So who asked him to be part of the negotiation?" asked Myrie.

"It is quite confusing because about two weeks ago, he was someone who had never met Putin, didn't like him, had no contact with him. Yesterday, he's the chief negotiator, is he? it does suggest that he might have been a bit of an oligarch all along, as opposed to a gracious benefactor of the noble game," quipped Hislop, rolling his eyes.

"I knew this was going to happen. Every time I come on the show, all Ian wants to talk about is football, football, football..." laughed Andy Hamilton.

"The good news is that the world is still intact, we're all still here," said Myrie.

"Well you don't know, there's the repeat to come..." Hamilton pointed out.

"Yeah, if the globe is wiped out via a nuclear Holocaust, won't you look silly!" said Merton.

Later in the show, the panel took a look at the Rishi Sunak's Spring statement from this week, with the Chancellor engaging in a much-criticised photo opportunity to demonstrate his cut on fuel duty.

"Here's Chancellor Rishi Sunak showing that he knows how to fill a car with petrol. But what later emerged?" asked Myrie.

"It wasn't his car?" asked Merton.

"Exactly! It wasn't his car, he borrowed it from a Sainsbury's employee. Even more embarrassing... it was electric," joked Myrie.


Ian and Helen won, 7 points to 6.

Broadcast details

Friday 1st April 2022
30 minutes
  • Thursday 31st March 2022, 18:10 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 4th April 2022 11:05pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Scot
Monday 4th April 2022 11:05pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Monday 4th April 2022 11:40pm
45 minute version
Sunday 8th January 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 9th January 2023 2:00am
60 minute version
Tuesday 7th February 2023 1:05am
45 minute version
Tuesday 7th February 2023 1:50am
45 minute version
BBC1 Scot
Saturday 11th February 2023 1:00am
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Monday 3rd April 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Tuesday 4th April 2023 1:20am
70 minute version
Tuesday 16th May 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Sunday 20th August 2023 12:20am
65 minute version
Tuesday 19th December 2023 11:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 12th February 2024 10:00pm
60 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Clive Myrie Host / Presenter
Andy Hamilton Guest
Helen Lewis Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
Ged Parsons Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Gaster Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Bowman Writer (Additional Material)
Monica Long Writer (Additional Material)
Katie Storey Writer (Additional Material)
Alison Spittle Writer (Additional Material)
Mike Rayment Writer (Additional Material)
Larry Bud Writer (Additional Material)
Paul Dunphy Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Jo Maney Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Katie Taylor Executive Producer
Simon Brook Editor
Jon Ellis Editor
Nick Pratt Editor
Daniel Keevil Editor
Michael L. Worrall 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

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