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 65, Episode 4

Have I Got News For You. Camilla Long. Credit: Hat Trick Productions
Alexander Armstrong takes to the host's chair once more, with journalist Camilla Long and comedian Maisie Adam.

Further details

Tomorrow's Coronation of King Charles III was highest on the agenda for the panels this week, but in a busy news week it was a jam-packed show with local elections taking place across the country yesterday, trouble in the civil service and questions being asked of Simon Case, Ed Sheeran winning his copyright court case and Rebekah Vardy trademarking the phrase 'Wagatha Christie'!

With the coronation of King Charles III taking place at Westminster Abbey this weekend, the panel took a look at the recent announcement that the Archbishop of Canterbury would be inviting the public to pledge their allegiance to the king as part of the ceremony.

"So this is the coronation, which is going to be happening soon I believe? I'm not sure when, sometime this year," quipped Paul Merton.

"Really? Oh, they should mention it!" agreed comedian Maisie Adam, laughing.

"The Archbishop of Canterbury has asked everyone to make a gesture during the ceremony," said host Alexander Armstrong.

"Is this pledging the allegiance?" asked Merton.

"We get a line don't we?" replied Adam.

"We do! These are the words of the oath we will be asked to pledge to King Charles: 'I swear that I will pay true allegiance to Your Majesty and to your heirs and successors according to law. So help me God'" said Armstrong.

"It's nice and jovial isn't it? I also think it's very hard to say 'so help me God' and not sound sarcastic. It's what your mum says before she absolutely b****cks you for not doing your homework," joked Maisie Adam.

"The Queen's Coronation in 1953 was about three and a bit hours long, it went on and on and on. What have they done to cut it down?" asked Armstrong.

"Well they've cut all these aristocrats pledging their allegiance, so it's only William who pledges his allegiance," replied Ian Hislop.

"Yes, that's right - Prince William will be the only person to kneel before the king, pledging to be his father's 'liegeman of life and limb'" responded Armstrong.

"That's somebody who's got hold of a dictionary and just turned to the letter 'L'" laughed Merton.

"This is Saturday's coronation, where there are a number of TV celebrities on the guest list, including Bear Grylls, Jay Blades and Ant & Dec. Holly and Phil will also be up there at the front even though they haven't been invited" quipped Armstrong, continuing, "There was drama leading up to the coronation when there were reports of a controlled explosion inside Buckingham Palace... presumably when Charles got a text from Meghan saying she could make it after all."


Helen Lewis had originally been due to appear, but was replaced by Camilla Long.

Ian and Camilla won, 7 points to 6.

Broadcast details

Friday 5th May 2023
30 minutes
  • Thursday 4th May 2023, 19:10 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 8th May 2023 10:30pm
45 minute version
Monday 8th May 2023 11:35pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Sunday 28th January 2024 9:00pm
60 minute version

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Alexander Armstrong Host / Presenter
Camilla Long Guest
Maisie Adam Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Gaster Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Fraser Steele Writer (Additional Material)
Runi Talwar Writer (Additional Material)
Mike Rayment Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Jack Harris Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Ruby Kuraishe Executive Producer
Jon Ellis Editor
Matt Roberts Editor
Graham Barker Editor
Joe Orr Editor
Kirsty Robertson Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Mikki Rain Production Designer
Peter Raby Lighting Designer
George Webley (as Big George) Composer
David Ward Graphics
Inca Bayer Costume Designer
Jordan Allen Graphics

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