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 66, Episode 1

Have I Got News For You. Victoria Coren Mitchell
Victoria Coren Mitchell takes to the host's seat, with Carol Vorderman and Ignacio Lopez joining team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop as they delve into the news.

Further details

Victoria Coren Mitchell makes her 18th appearance in the guest host's chair.

Broadcasting legend Carol Vorderman also returns to the HIGNFY panel, after making a return to the show last series for the first time since 2006.

Joining Coren Mitchell and Vorderman as the week's final panellist is rising comedy star Ignacio Lopez, who makes his debut appearance on the show.

With a busy week of news to cover at the Tory party conference and the Prime Minister's decision to scrap HS2, the panels wasted no time getting stuck straight in.

Of particular interest to the panel was Liz Truss's return speech at the conference, which attracted a huge crowd where cabinet ministers had been struggling to fill auditoriums. And eyebrows were raised by Nigel Farage's attendance at the conference too, in his capacity as a journalist for GB News.

"They did go to Liz Truss's event, what was that called?" asked host Coren Mitchell.

"'I've Learnt Nothing'" joked Hislop.

"'Let's Make Britain Grow Again' it was called," Coren Mitchell clarified.

"'Let's Remove This Growth'. 'Has This Woman No Shame?'" laughed Hislop, suggesting alternative titles.

"The conference did last longer than her premiership," quipped Lopez.

"Why was Nigel Farage there?" asked Coren Mitchell.

"He's taken over the party," replied Hislop.

"Some people say he's going to be leader," Coren Mitchell pointed out.

"Leader of what?" Hislop replied.

"Of the Conservative Party, he'll come in as leader," Coren Mitchell responded.

"You're just trying to scare people late at night," Hislop joked.

"It's the charisma, it's the sort of froggy charisma of the man. And I tell you what, some Conservatives are delighted because of his electoral attributes. How did Gawain Towler, former UKIP aide, explain Farage's appeal? It's quite the turn of phrase," Coren Mitchell warned.

"Go on then, I'd love to hear it," Paul Merton confirmed.

"As I say, brace yourselves... he told the Politico website: 'Nigel Farage has this unerring ability to touch the clitoris of public opinion'" Coren Mitchell read out to the shocked laughter and stunned faces of the panel.

"Can we get five buckets?" joked Merton.

Elsewhere in the episode, the panels also dissected Prime Minister Sunak's announcement that the government would be scrapping HS2 plans, and spending the money instead on alternative transport schemes in the north.

"What was the big announcement that he had to make?" asked Coren Mitchell.

"That he's still Prime Minister? One year on..." laughed Hislop.

"Is it something to do with HS2, by any chance? They're following on their policy... stop the boats, and also the trains" quipped Lopez.

"I think it's quite a good decision. I mean, for years, we've been saying this is a colossal waste of money, it's staggering the mismanagement. It is a colossal failure in cost management, so I'm quite happy to scrap the lot..." said Hislop.

"What? The Conservative party?" joked Lopez.

"It does seem the Conservatives constantly leave a massive open goal and Keir Starmer is just kind of behind it, vaping and playing Wordle," laughed Coren Mitchell.

"But that's Labour's main policy: 'we're not Conservatives'," Hislop replied.

Notes

In this episode Paul Merton wore a badge promoting his upcoming appearance on BBC Two's Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 6th October 2023
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes
Recorded
  • Thursday 5th October 2023, 19:10 at Riverside Studios

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 9th October 2023 10:40pm
45 minute version
BBC1
Monday 9th October 2023 11:10pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Tuesday 10th October 2023 12:55am
45 minute version
BBC1 Scot

Cast & crew

Cast
Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Victoria Coren Mitchell Host / Presenter
Carol Vorderman Guest
Ignacio Lopez Guest
Writing team
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
Ged Parsons Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Gaster Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Bowman Writer (Additional Material)
Monica Long Writer (Additional Material)
Rose Johnson Writer (Additional Material)
Emerald Paston Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Abigail Dankwa Director
Mike Rayment 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
David Wiseman 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

Video

HIGNFY talks about Nigel Farage

The panel talk about Nigel Farage being at the Conservative Party Conference.

Featuring: Victoria Coren Mitchell, Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Carol Vorderman & Ignacio Lopez.

Press

It's OK for Have I Got News For You to mock Laurence Fox

The BBC has rejected complaints that Have I Got News For You was 'inappropriate' for the way in mocked Laurence Fox. On the episode that aired on October 6, presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell made reference to how the actor-turned-activist had been fired by GB News for his sexist rant against political journalist Ava Evans.

Chortle, 8th December 2023

Share this page