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 67, Episode 4

Have I Got News For You. Martin Lewis
Broadcaster, financial journalist and 'Money Saving Expert' Martin Lewis hosts Have I Got News For You for the first time. Alongside Martin is Spanish & Welsh comedian Ignacio Lopez and broadcaster Steph McGovern.

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Broadcaster and 'Money Saving Expert' Martin Lewis makes his debut. On his announcement as guest host, he had said previously: "I've been a fan of the show since it started, just after I left school, but can't pretend there isn't a tinge of terror mixed in with excitement at the thought of presenting it, especially trying to keep Paul and Ian in line. I may have to resort to threatening to destroy their credit scores."

Joining Lewis on the panels alongside Ian Hislop is comedian Ignacio Lopez (his second appearance on the show), and broadcaster Steph McGovern, alongside Paul Merton.

As Rishi Sunak's much-discussed Safety of Rwanda bill became law this week, while Keir Starmer urged his Labour candidates to be displaying patriotism, there were also more trivial stories for Martin and the panels to pick apart, with a 9-year-old British boy winning a 'seagull-impersonating' contest, and the scientific discovery that bees can survive underwater.

But it was the Safety of Rwanda bill that was top of the agenda for tonight's episode, as Rishi's plans to enable to government to send migrants who have reached the UK to Rwanda became law. But there was still uncertainty about how the plans would play out in the coming months, and Lewis was on hand to give the government some tongue-in-cheek money-saving tips for the scheme.

"This is the news that in a surprising historical reversal, Britain is about to start rounding people up against their will and shipping them to Africa," quipped Lewis.

"The Rwandan scheme is proving quite expensive. It's currently projected to have a base cost of £370m over the five-year contract, but on top of that there's an additional charge of £150,874 per migrant deported," he said, before going on to joke "Although, I've looked into this and they can get £25 off that if they use a voucher code. I've managed to source this one: 'SHITSHOW2024'."

"At the start of the week Rishi Sunak insisted 'no ifs, no buts, these flights are going to Rwanda'. Quite a claim. May I suggest Prime Minister you ensure they're ATOL protected, that you pay for it on a credit card so you have section 75 protection, and of course, you pay it off 'IN FULL!'" Lewis called out, with the help of the audience who were quick to join in with his call.

"Why are they doing that?" a bemused Hislop asked of the audience.

"I think he's trying to turn it into a catchphrase," Merton replied.

"Embarrassingly, we have accepted asylum seekers in Britain from Rwanda on the grounds that it's not safe there for them. So presumably if we fly them over on the plane then they can then apply for asylum in Britain and come back again," pointed out Hislop.

"The plane should be on a bungee rope," joked Merton.

Alongside the Rwanda bill, Prime Minister Sunak also announced plans this week to increase defence spending from 2% to 2.5% of GDP. Labour leader Keir Starmer responded with announcement of Labour's proposed plans to re-nationalise Britain's railways, as well as confirmation of his willingness push the nuclear button if Britain was under attack.

"Sunak announced on a visit to Poland an increase in defence spending from 2% to 2.5% of GDP. This announcement was of course intended to wrong foot Labour. So how has Keir Starmer been fighting back?" asked Lewis.

"By telling us all we need to be really patriotic," Steph McGovern replied.

"I'm thinking more for the moment about the big announcement this week?" clarified Lewis.

"Oh, the railways?" asked Merton.

"He said he'd be prepared to press the nuclear button..." added Hislop.

"...if it made the railways run on time. With a nuclear explosion, you could get from Paddington to Leeds in 10 minutes," joked Merton.

"Don't bother buying a return though!" laughed host Lewis.

Later in the episode, the panellist were given the chance to dissect one of the lighter stories of the week, as a British 9-year-old boy Cooper Wallace won a European competition for his uncanny impersonation of a seagull.

"There's a boy who's won a competition for impersonating seagulls and he does a very, very good impersonation of a seagull," Lewis said.

"Is it just the sound?" asked Hislop.

"Yeah, he doesn't fly around the room... what do you mean is it just the sound?!" laughed Merton.

"You said it was impressive!" Hislop retorted.

"He flies out the window and nicks people's chips from a height of 10,000 ft," quipped Merton.

Notes

Paul and Steph won, 7 points to 3.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 26th April 2024
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes
Recorded
  • Thursday 25th April 2024, 19:10 at Riverside Studios

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 29th April 2024 10:40pm
45 minute version
BBC1
Monday 29th April 2024 11:35pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales

Cast & crew

Cast
Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Martin Lewis Host / Presenter
Steph McGovern Guest
Ignacio Lopez Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Gaster Writer (Additional Material)
Kevin Day Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Fraser Steele Writer (Additional Material)
Keiron Nicholson Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Abigail Dankwa Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Katie Taylor Executive Producer
Jordan Reed 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
Phil Hewson Graphics
David Ward Graphics

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