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.

Episode menu

Series 65, Episode 2

Have I Got News For You. David Tennant
David Tennant guest hosts, his 8th time. Joining him on the panel is presenter and author Richard Osman, making his 15th appearance on the show, as well as comedian Lucy Beaumont, making her first appearance on the show.

Further details

Joining Tennant as the week's guest panellists, alongside regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, are presenter and author Richard Osman, and comedian Lucy Beaumont, who makes her first appearance on the show.

With this morning's news that Dominic Raab has resigned as Deputy Prime Minister following an investigation into allegations that he bullied civil service staff, the panel had fun with the fact that, at the time of record, the report had been delivered to Downing Street but a decision hadn't yet been made on Raab's future in Rishi Sunak's Government.

"The report on claims of bullying by Dominic Raab has been handed to Number 10, but they're not going to make a decision on it today. We're recording this the day before you see it, so by the time you see it... who knows?! Does any one want to make up what they think is going to happen in the next 24 hours?" laughed host David Tennant.

"Well I was going to declare the result of the bullying inquiry, but then he said he'd thump me" joked Ian Hislop.

"Well you only have to look at him to realise he's completely innocent.... You only have to look at him to realise he's completely guilty," quipped Paul Merton, giving both possibilities.

"We have to cover every possible eventuality here!" laughed Tennant.

"Of course we do! And to go up and make that statement with Paul Chuckle from The Chuckle Brothers... I thought 'wow'. Anyway... may he rest in peace" joked Richard Osman.

"This week, the report into Dominic Raab was handed over to Number 10. Raab has had to pay a large sum for his own legal defence into allegations of bullying, but he will get some of it back when he takes Rishi Sunak's dinner money," joked Tennant.

Elsewhere in tonight's episode, the panel discuss Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's policy announcement this week, to give a fresh approach to how mathematics is taught in schools.

"What else has Rishi been pushing to the nation more recently?" Tennant asked.

"Maths!" replied comedian and first-time panellist Lucy Beaumont.

"Yes, maths! He wants to reimagine our approach to numeracy," responded Tennant.

"The school he used to go to has a private art collection. When I read that, I thought... my school had a private art collection, but it was a c*ck and balls behind the bike shed," joked Beaumont.

"Was it a Picasso?" laughed Hislop.

"That's a 'privates' art collection isn't it?" quipped Paul Merton.

"He's announced this twice now, it's his thing. But this time he's actually elaborated a little and said, 'Look, if we were better at maths as a nation, we would be less likely to lose tens of billions of pounds'. You thought, 'does the name Liz Truss ring a bell?'" said Hislop.

"I've got Grade 5 CSE Maths, which is the equivalent of 25 yards breast-stroke," joked Merton.

The panel also found time to discuss this week's controversy surrounding the arrest of the Scottish National Party's treasurer Colin Beattie as part of an investigation into the party's funding and finances.

"Which Scottish politician might be arrested this week?" Tennant asked the panels.

"I presume you're assuming that Nicola Sturgeon might be arrested?" replied Hislop.

"I'm assuming nothing, it's just speculation!" responded Tennant.

"Yeah, I would think now it's rude not to arrest her," quipped Hislop.

"It's going to make a brilliant episode of 24 Hours In Police Custody," quipped Beaumont.

"Nicola Sturgeon might be the next Scottish politician to be arrested after it emerged that she blocked scrutiny of the SNP's finances only a few weeks before the arrest of her husband. SNP First Minister Humza Yousaf has said he knows nothing.... and everyone believes him," joked Tennant.

"It's all gone quite sexy though, hasn't it now, the SNP? Lies... police uniforms... I'm interested now in the SNP! Happy Valley is finished, I need something to get my teeth stuck in to," laughed Beaumont.


Paul and Richard won, 14 points to 4.

Broadcast details

Friday 21st April 2023
30 minutes
  • Thursday 20th April 2023, 19:10 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 24th April 2023 10:40pm
45 minute version
Monday 24th April 2023 11:40pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Scot
Monday 24th April 2023 11:40pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Sunday 14th January 2024 9:00pm
60 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
David Tennant Host / Presenter
Richard Osman Guest
Lucy Beaumont Guest
Michael Sheen Self
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Ged Parsons Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Fraser Steele Writer (Additional Material)
Katie Storey Writer (Additional Material)
Laura Claxton Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Jack Harris Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Katie Taylor Executive Producer
Jon Ellis Editor
Daniel Keevil Editor
Matt Roberts Editor
Dan Isitt Editor
Kirsty Robertson 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

Share this page