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 66, Episode 6

Have I Got News For You. Richard Ayoade
Richard Ayoade makes his 11th appearance as host, with Jamie MacDonald and Steph McGovern joining Paul and Ian on the panel.

Further details

With King Charles delivering his first King's Speech since becoming monarch, a growing row over the pro-Palestinian march plans for Armistice Day, and The Beatles releasing what has been dubbed their last ever single, it was a varied week of news.

One of the biggest stories of the week was home secretary Suella Braverman's description of rough sleeping as a 'lifestyle choice', as she defended her decision to restrict the use of tents by homeless people on the streets of Britain.

"What else does Suella Braverman want to ban?" host Richard Ayoade asked.

"Homeless people using tents," replied [p[Paul Merton].

"That's right. I mean, if she was just trying to ban camping, I'd be behind her," quipped Ayoade.

"You'd have to word that bill very carefully. There'd be a lot of pantomimes that'd be out of business," joked Merton.

"Yes, she is trying to ban tents. She said sleeping on the streets is 'a lifestyle choice: nobody in Britain should be living in a tent'," continued Ayoade. "It's a surprise that more people don't choose to live in opulence..." he sarcastically agreed.

"If homelessness is a lifestyle choice, it's the last time I buy a Big Issue. Help the homeless? Help you live your dream more like! B**ger off." joked comedian Jamie MacDonald.

Ahead of this weekend, there has also been a big row about a pro-Palestinian, anti-war march, that is being planned on the same day as Remembrance Day.

Richard Ayoade: "One focal point this Remembrance weekend will be the two-minute silence. For most, a chance to reflect. For Keir Starmer, a chance to go two minutes without saying anything to offend anyone."

Later in the episode, Ayoade interrupted the recording with breaking news being reported that Nigel Farage has been confirmed for this year's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

"Now there is some breaking news I'm being told in my ear. Shut the fridge! Nigel Farage has been confirmed as a contestant on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, for a fee of up to £1m", said Ayoade.

"Of 'up to £1m'? So it could be a quid?" joked Steph McGovern.

"Yeah, it could be," Ayoade agreed.

"I hope he can find a bank that will accept it," joked Ian Hislop.


Ian and Jamie won, 6 points to 5.

Broadcast details

Friday 10th November 2023
30 minutes
  • Thursday 9th November 2023, 19:10 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 13th November 2023 10:40pm
45 minute version
Monday 13th November 2023 11:10pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales
Monday 13th November 2023 11:40pm BBC1 Scot

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Richard Ayoade Host / Presenter
Steph McGovern Guest
Jamie MacDonald Guest
Writing team
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
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)
Laura Claxton Writer (Additional Material)
Suchandrika Chakrabarti 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
Matt Roberts Editor
Graham Barker Editor
Richard Potts 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


Suella Braverman is trying to ban living in tents

One of the biggest stories of the week was home secretary Suella Braverman's description of rough sleeping as a 'lifestyle choice'.

Featuring: Paul Merton, Richard Ayoade & Jamie MacDonald.

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