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 64, Episode 5

Have I Got News For You. Clive Myrie
BBC newsreader and Mastermind presenter Clive Myrie is the host - his third time. Joining him are deputy political editor of The Spectator, Katy Balls and HIGNFY regular Jo Brand.

Further details

Another eventful week in Liz Truss's premiership came to a head on Thursday, with the prime minister resigning after just 44 days in number 10. The panel got stuck straight in.

"This is just the unbelievable news that Liz Truss was Prime Minister. And now she's gone. In fact, her whole career was one enormous u-turn... she walked into Downing Street and she walked straight out again," said Ian Hislop.

"She didn't drag it out..." Katy Balls commented.

"No, no... they dragged her out," replied Hislop.

"The Tory party are now looking for their third leader this year. But they seem to keep doing shorter times per go..." said Balls.

"It sounds like whoever wins next week and becomes Prime Minister, the victory speech will be something along the lines of, 'I'm really pleased to have become Prime Minister of this country and that's why I'm tendering my resignation'" joked Paul Merton.

"Did you notice though that when she was giving her resignation speech, she was sort of weirdly smiling? I thought, 'ah, she's got Christmas Strictly'" laughed Jo Brand.

"I was watching when she resigned and the pound actually recovered during her resignation speech. If internationally the markets prefer no prime minister to you, then it's the end of the game, isn't it? Let's have no-one!" said Hislop.

"Suella Braverman resigned on Wednesday in a letter to the Prime Minister. Although given Liz Truss's precarious position, Braverman did address it, 'To whom it may concern'..." joked Clive Myrie, continuing, "After the fracking vote, there were reports that one Tory MP was roughed up outside the division lobbies. I imagine he ended up with his 'eyes' to the right and his 'nose' to the left..."

With Sir Graham Brady, Chairman of the 1922 Committee, announcing that a replacement for Liz Truss will be found within the next week, conversation soon turned to some of the names being touted for the position, with Boris Johnson getting the support of a number of MPs already.

"Ian, is it time for Boris to make a miraculous return?" asked Myrie.

"No, of course it isn't. You imagine the Tory party will have learnt its lesson," replied Hislop.

"Boris needs 100 MPs to back him..." Myrie responded.

"You're not seriously going to propose him to come back... that seems to me almost... mad enough for them to do it..." said Hislop.

Later in the episode attention turned to a series of protests made this week by climate activists Just Stop Oil, with one particular incident taking place at the National Gallery.

"What did the protestors do in an art gallery?" asked Myrie.

"They threw some tomato soup at Van Gogh's Sunflowers," replied Merton.

"Apparently they regretted it in 'Heinz'-sight," joked Brand.

"As part of a protest at the government's approach to fossil fuel policy, two Just Stop Oil protestors threw tomato soup over Van Gogh's famous Sunflowers painting. Absolutely shocking - have you seen how much soup costs these days?" quipped Myrie, continuing, "Afterwards they glued themselves to the gallery wall, before being removed by specialists, who came armed with anti-adhesive and some croutons."


Paul and Jo won, 8 points to 5.

Broadcast details

Friday 21st October 2022
30 minutes
  • Thursday 20th October 2022, 19:10 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 24th October 2022 10:40pm
45 minute version
Monday 31st July 2023 11:25pm
45 minute version
Monday 31st July 2023 11:55pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Monday 14th August 2023 10:40pm
45 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Clive Myrie Host / Presenter
Jo Brand Guest
Katy Balls Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash 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)
Katie Storey Writer (Additional Material)
Eleri Morgan Writer (Additional Material)
Emerald Paston Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Abigail Dankwa Director
Mike Rayment Series Producer
Jack Harris Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Pinki Chambers Executive Producer
Suzanne McManus Executive Producer
Jon Ellis Editor
Michael L. Worrall Editor
Matt Roberts Editor
Graham Barker Editor
Joe Orr Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Mikki Rain 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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