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 64, Episode 1

Have I Got News For You. Richard Ayoade
Comedian and actor Richard Ayoade will guest present. It is his 9th time in the host's chair. Joining him on the panels will be comedian Roisin Conaty and the Secretary-General of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, Mick Lynch.

Further details

Joining Ayoade as the week's guest panellists, alongside regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, are comedian and actor Roisin Conaty and Secretary-General of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, Mick Lynch.

The panel's attention soon turned to the biggest story of the week - the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen and her funeral on Monday. In the days leading up to the funeral, people came to London to queue for many hours to pay their respects to The Queen at the Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall. Anger was sparked by accusations that This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield had skipped the public queue, with the two presenters saying that they were there to report on the event as part of the world's media.

"This is the national scandal over the queue for the Lying-in-State. ITV's Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield apparently just appeared in Westminster Hall on Sunday..." host Richard Ayoade said.

"Just appeared? Like a haunting?" joked Roisin Conaty.

"Exactly, without having spent the previous 36 hours queuing. What was the average queuing time?" asked Ayoade.

"It depends which paper you read! It started at about 14 hours, then 15, and in the end it was... six years" joked Ian Hislop.

"11 hours queuing time... the sort of delay you'd be proud of, Mick" Ayoade quipped to Mick Lynch.

Later in the programme, the panel looked at Liz Truss's first working week as the new Prime Minister, which included a trip to New York, and a rocky start to the prospect of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

"This is the news that we'd all forgotten... Liz Truss is Prime Minister. What has Liz Truss said she's prepared for?" asked Ayoade.

"She's prepared to be unpopular... which is lucky!" quipped Hislop.

"Yes, this week Truss told the BBC she was prepared for her policies to be unpopular with voters. What did Truss not pick up in America?" Ayoade asked.

"A trade deal," Conaty replied.

"Biden said there's no deal until you sort out Northern Ireland. That might take a century or two..." Hislop chipped in.

"Truss told reporters that discussion for a post-Brexit trade deal with the US were not going to start in the short to medium term. So... one for the next Prime Minister then..." Ayoade joked, before continuing, "Mick, as a Brexit voter, you must be thrilled with the way things have gone."

"Well, I'm thrilled that the mandate of the people has been carried out, at the end of the day. They wanted to leave the European Union, that's what they voted for," Lynch responded.

"But it's a union!" quipped Conaty.

"You can feel free to leave a union whenever you want to," replied Lynch.

"But you know, Truss has only been PM for three weeks, so you could of course blame Boris and his International Trade Secretary who was... yep... Liz Truss," joked Ayoade, continuing, "the UK has been warned that when it comes to a trade deal with the US we are at the back of the queue... which is why the Government has appointed Phil and Holly."


The teams drew, 4 points each.

The first two scheduled episodes of the series - due to air on 9th and 16th September - were not produced, following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Broadcast details

Friday 23rd September 2022
30 minutes
  • Thursday 22nd September 2022, 19:10 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 26th September 2022 10:40pm
45 minute version
Monday 26th September 2022 11:10pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Monday 26th September 2022 11:10pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Scot

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Richard Ayoade Host / Presenter
Roisin Conaty Guest
Mick Lynch 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)
Fraser Steele Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Bowman Writer (Additional Material)
Katie Storey Writer (Additional Material)
Zoƫ Tomalin Writer (Additional Material)
Laura Claxton Writer (Additional Material)
Eleri Morgan Writer (Additional Material)
Toussaint Douglass Writer (Additional Material)
Viv May Writer (Additional Material)
Emerald Paston Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Mike Rayment Series Producer
Jack Harris Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Ruby Kuraishe Executive Producer
Katie Taylor Executive Producer
Jon Ellis Editor
Michael L. Worrall Editor
Matt Roberts Editor
Rob Mansell Editor
Joe McDonnell Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Mikki Rain Production Designer
Karen Jackson Costume Designer
Peter Raby Lighting Designer
George Webley (as Big George) Composer
David Ward Graphics
Jordan Allen Graphics


The Queen's Funeral

Richard Ayoade talks about the Queen's funeral.

Featuring: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Richard Ayoade & Roisin Conaty.

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