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 7

Have I Got News For You. Gary Neville. Credit: Hat Trick Productions
Gary Neville hosts, with Maisie Adam and TV presenter Richard Madeley set to join team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop as they delve into the news.

Further details

Guest host Neville was quick to make a joke about his football manager brother Phil, when introducing comedian Maisie Adam.

"On Ian's team tonight is a comedian and football fan who says she cried when the England Lionesses won the Euros. They've done pretty well since they ditched their previous manager, Phil Neville... no relation!" he joked.

It has been another busy week of domestic news, with stories about Home Secretary Suella Braverman's handling of the overcrowding in migrant centres dominating the headlines. But it wasn't long before the panel's attention turned to former health secretary Matt Hancock, who has this week been suspended as a Conservative MP after he announced that he would be joining this year's line up on ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

"Back to the subject of immigration, which unskilled migrant worker is heading to Australia?" asked Neville.

"Matt Hancock!" replied Merton.

"Yeah, is it possible for him to go one way to Australia?" joked Adam.

"Yeah, I think so, it's been done before," quipped Merton.

"Matt Hancock has signed up for I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. The deputy chair of Matt Hancock's local Conservative Party Association Andy Drummond said, 'I'm looking forward to him eating a kangaroo's penis. You can quote me on that'." Neville laughed.

"I've got a quote here, I wrote it down as I didn't want to get it wrong. It's from the COVID-19 Bereaved Families For Justice, who said, 'He isn't a celebrity. He's the former health secretary who oversaw the UK having one of the highest death tolls from covid, whilst breaking his own lockdown rules.' That sums it up, doesn't it?" pointed out Merton.

"I suspect his reasoning is simply that if he does it well, if he takes these challenges on bravely and with good humour he'll turn them around. But I agree with what you just said, they're not going to forget are they?" agreed Richard Madeley.

"I don't want to pick a fight with you Richard, but you said the phrase 'if Matt Hancock does this well...'," joked Hislop.

"If he actually attacks challenges, agrees to do it, you know, eats the scorpions, the testicles, the willies... I suspect he thinks he'll get brownie points," Madeley clarified.

"He'll get more than brownie points, he'll get a stomach ache!" laughed Merton.

"Yes, Matt Hancock is set to take part in I'm A Celebrity. He admits he doesn't know much about the show, so when he is presented with the kangaroo's arse, someone will need to tell him that he's expected to eat it and not grope it," joked Neville, continuing, "Hancock has been very busy lately, with a book about to come out, one TV series already recorded, and his appearance on I'm A Celebrity estimated to be worth £400,000. So if we've learned nothing else, it's that his wife has a brilliant divorce lawyer."

The panel also found time to discuss the upcoming football World Cup in Qatar, and the issues being raised about the country's human rights record. Ian Hislop took issue with the work Gary Neville will be doing as a commentator at the tournament.

"The whole thing is incredibly corrupt. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly the other week said that any gay football fans should be aware of the country they're going to and should behave accordingly," said Merton.

"Yeah, Cleverly advised LGBTQ+ fans visiting Qatar to 'show a little bit flex and compromise'," Neville concurred.

"It's unbelievable, and it's all about money," Madeley pointed out, continuing, "You've got mainline celebrities going over there for huge cheques. People like Robbie Williams going out to sing, which I must say I'm very surprised at given all the comments that he has made in the past about gay rights. The fact that he's going out there to sing for them is extraordinary. I don't know what's happened to people. It's not just him, the Black Eyed Peas are going as well."

"I don't know either of these," Neville replied.

"But you know David Beckham, don't you? He's going isn't he? How much has he been paid?" Merton asked.

"I don't know... more than me!" Neville replied. "Ian, is it coming home?"

"What, your reputation?" joked Hislop. "The others have been very gentle with you, Gary, but the elephant in the room is still there, isn't it? You're commentating there, aren't you?"

"Yeah, I am commentating there," Nevilled responded.

"And what's the defence?" asked Hislop.

"Well, you've got a choice, I think, haven't you?" Neville began.

"What? Going or not going?" Hislop cut in.

"My view has always been that you either highlight the issues and challenges in these countries and speak about them, or you basically don't say anything, you stay back home and don't go. I've always said we should challenge," replied Neville.

"There's another option - you stay at home and highlight the abuses. You don't have to go and take the Qataris' money," Hislop pointed out. "I'm not trying to be tiresome, it's just not a very good defence."

"And how is someone like Robbie or the Black Eyed Peas supposed to highlight it? Are they going to make a speech on stage? Of course they're not," said Madeley.

"You can highlight it during the commentary," Neville pointed out.

"What, during a match?" asked Hislop, before doing an impression: "'It's the kick off here in this appalling country with an appalling human rights record... Oh, someone's kicking a ball, but honestly, the amount of immigrant workers who've died is a shocker... oo, it's a goal!'"


Paul and Richard won, after VAR overturned Ian and Maisie's 17-13 point lead.

Broadcast details

Friday 4th November 2022
30 minutes
  • Thursday 3rd November 2022, 19:10 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 7th November 2022 11:10pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Monday 7th November 2022 11:45pm
50 minute version
Tuesday 8th November 2022 12:15am
50 minute version
BBC1 Scot
Sunday 13th August 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Sunday 27th August 2023 9:00pm
60 minute version
Monday 28th August 2023 10:30pm
45 minute version
Tuesday 12th December 2023 10:00pm
60 minute version
Tuesday 19th December 2023 10:00pm
60 minute version
Sunday 14th April 2024 12:45am
60 minute version
Sunday 14th April 2024 9:00pm
60 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Gary Neville Host / Presenter
Richard Madeley Guest
Maisie Adam 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)
Monica Long Writer (Additional Material)
Katie Storey Writer (Additional Material)
Laura Lexx Writer (Additional Material)
Tasha Dhanraj Writer (Additional Material)
Will Hall 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
Phil Hewson Graphics
David Ward Graphics


Gary Neville hosts HIGNFY

Gary Neville hosts as the show talks about the latest in politics.

Featuring: Ian Hislop, Maisie Adam & Gary Neville.

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