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 4

Have I Got News For You. Adil Ray
Presenter, actor and comedian Adil Ray presents, with Ian Hislop and Paul Merton joined by guests Richard Osman and Jess Phillips MP.

Further details

The top story on news agendas this week was another volatile week for prime minister Liz Truss's new government, in which uncertainty around the economy continued following their mini-budget announcements.

The show was recorded the night before the news developments about the sacking of Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng. However, while testing her mic before the record started last night, Labour MP Jess Phillips seemed to predict today's events.

"Hello everybody. I'm looking forward to this being completely out of date and the Chancellor having resigned by the time this airs!"

"Typical Labour... such low expectations!" replied a laughing Ian Hislop, "the prime minister will resign..."

Ian Hislop and the panel soon got stuck straight in to the week's events in Number 10.

"It's not going very well, she's had another very, very bad week, and the economy has tanked. A lot of people - I mean, obviously not me - have said it's because her and her chancellor are useless. In fact, it's the fault of a number of other people. It's the OBR, the IRA," Hislop quipped.

"ELO," Richard Osman joked. "I'm gonna have to stick up for her. She said she would get things done quickly. If she can tank the economy in seven days, think what she can do in two years. There's so many cliffhangers, it's moving so quickly."

"You could turn it into a murder mystery, Richard?" said host Adil Ray.

"Oh no, there's no money in it," Osman replied.

"'No money in it' is Liz Truss's watchword," Hislop joked. "Nearly everything announced in the mini budget isn't going to happen. So all the pain and all the turbulence will be for nothing."

"Because, to be fair... they've listened," Osman quipped.

"I actually think they think nothing bad is happening," said Labour MP Jess Phillips.

"Labour are 90,000 points ahead in the polls! Does that not scare them?" asked Hislop.

"They don't seem to have noticed!" replied Phillips.

"It scares me!" laughed Hislop.

"On current polling, there would be three Tories left," Phillips said.

"Yeah... Ian. Duncan. Smith." joked Paul Merton.

Later on in the show, the panel's attention turned to the news that Liverpool had beaten Glasgow to the honour of hosting next year's Eurovision Song Contest, holding it on behalf of Ukraine, who won the competition this year.

"Eurovision Song Contest. Won by Liverpool in a face-to-face battle with Glasgow. Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year, but for various reasons that are obvious, they won't be holding the event next year. So Liverpool won," said Paul Merton.

"How did we find out that Liverpool were the hosts?" host Ray asked.

"It was announced," quipped Merton.

"Some of us watch TV, some of us read it in the papers, perhaps on the internet. I think different for different people," Osman laughed. "I would rather Ukraine were hosting it, but given they're not, it's exciting that we're hosting it. Do you think we'll get Sam Ryder back to do our song this year?" he asked Hislop.

"...Oh, yes..." Hislop replied, pretending to know what he was talking about.

"Richard, have you seen this programme before? He's never heard of Vera Lynn," Merton joked.


Paul and Jess won, 6 points to 5.

Broadcast details

Friday 14th October 2022
30 minutes
  • Thursday 13th October 2022, 19:10 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 17th October 2022 10:45pm
45 minute version
Tuesday 18th October 2022 12:10am
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Tuesday 18th October 2022 12:55am
45 minute version
BBC1 Scot
Sunday 16th July 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 17th July 2023 2:35am
50 minute version
Monday 17th July 2023 11:25pm
45 minute version
Monday 17th July 2023 11:55pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Sunday 23rd July 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 24th July 2023 2:00am
50 minute version
Sunday 30th July 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 7th August 2023 10:40pm BBC1
Monday 7th August 2023 11:10pm BBC1 Wales
Tuesday 14th November 2023 10:00pm
60 minute version
Tuesday 21st November 2023 10:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 1st January 2024 10:00pm
60 minute version
Friday 26th January 2024 10:00pm
60 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Adil Ray Host / Presenter
Richard Osman Guest
Jess Phillips (as Jess Phillips MP) Guest
Writing team
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
Ged Parsons Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Monica Long Writer (Additional Material)
Rose Johnson Writer (Additional Material)
Tasha Dhanraj Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Mike Rayment Series Producer
Jack Harris Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Katie Taylor Executive Producer
Jon Ellis Editor
Daniel Keevil Editor
Michael L. Worrall Editor
Matt Roberts Editor
Graham Barker 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 mini-budget

The show talks about the really bad mini-budget.

Featuring: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Adil Ray, Richard Osman & Jess Phillips MP.

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