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 7

Have I Got News For You. Jason Manford
Jason Manford guest hosts the panel show for the first time. Glenn Moore and Jess Phillips MP are the panellists.

Further details

Having appeared on the show once previously as a panellist in 2016, this is Jason Manford's debut in the guest host's chair. He says: "Really chuffed to be hosting this legendary show that I used to watch as a teenager with my dad. Let's hope it's yet another fun week in the news!"

This week has seen Prime Minister Rishi Sunak give a speech presenting himself as the leader to steer us through what he warned would be 'dangerous, transformational' years ahead for the UK; opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer setting out Labour's six pledges should they win this year's general election; an abstract royal portrait of King Charles being unveiled; and Donald Trump and Joe Biden agreeing to a television debate for the US's upcoming election.

However, Manford and Hislop were also keen to probe Jess Phillips MP for her take on one of last week's biggest stories- former Tory MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke's controversial defection to Labour.

"Keir's not had a great week as Rishi Sunak has been able to make some quite good jokes about who is this completely awful person who has just joined the Labour Party... who used to be in the Tory Party 5 minutes ago... it does give you leverage. Was that depressing Jess?" asked Hislop.

"Yeah, bit depressing," responded Phillips.

"Yeah... anyone else you wouldn't like to welcome?" continued Hislop.

"There's no way I can do this without it being libellous..." Phillips quipped.

"Good, let's go!" laughed Hislop, as Manford rubbed his hands together.

"I tell you what, I'll do it in parliament because then I'm safe..." replied Phillips, smiling.

"What do you think about having Natalie Elphicke as a colleague?" Manford asked Phillips directly.

"I find it problematic considering what she said about the victims of her ex-husband, who was sent to prison for sexual crimes."

"You got her to apologise?" Manford queried.

"I did get her to apologise... I don't know that she would see it in those terms... but that's how it happened" Phillips nodded, to laughter from Manford.

"Did she vote for you this week, with your motion?" asked comedian Glenn Moore, about a motion that Phillips had put forward this week calling for MPs who have been arrested for serious violent or sexual offences to be barred from attending parliament.

"She did vote with my motion, and we won by one... and so people say to me 'oh it was Natalie Elphicke's vote'. That's not how maths works..." Phillips pointed out.

Elsewhere in the episode, the panel also had the opportunity to take a look at a very abstract new painting of King Charles, which was unveiled this week by its artist Jonathan Yeo, as the first official portrait of Charles as King. It has caused quite a stir, not least for its unusually prominent reliance on the colour red.

"Charles unveiled the first official portrait of himself as King, by artist Jonathan Yeo," Manford explained.

"Do you reckon the artist turned up, opened his box and he was like 'I've only brought red, I've only brought red! Christ,'" Glenn Moore joked.

"The fingers do look really unflattering. I know that he famously has sausage fingers, but they're really accentuated... they're the only thing you can see apart from his face," said Phillips.

"What do you make of it from an artistic point of view though?" asked Manford.

"It's a bit 'Freud-y', it's a bit 'Bacon-y'," replied Hislop.

"It's not 'Bacon-y', it's 'sausage-y'" joked Moore.

"So this is the portrait of King Charles unveiled this week. According to The Sun, artist Jonathan Yeo said he was nervous about the unveiling. I don't know why... if Charles didn't like it, he could get Kate to tickle it up in PhotoShop," laughed Manford.


Paul and Jess won, 8 points to 3.

Broadcast details

Friday 17th May 2024
30 minutes
  • Thursday 16th May 2024, 19:10 at Riverside Studios


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 20th May 2024 10:40pm
45 minute version
Monday 20th May 2024 11:10pm
45 minute version
BBC1 Wales

Cast & crew

Ian Hislop Team Captain
Paul Merton Team Captain
Guest cast
Jason Manford Host / Presenter
Jess Phillips (as Jess Phillips MP) Guest
Glenn Moore Guest
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Ged Parsons Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Gaster Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Zoƫ Tomalin Writer (Additional Material)
Jack Harris Writer (Additional Material)
Mike Rayment Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Wheeler Director
Jo Bunting Series Producer
Jordan Reed Producer
Richard Wilson Executive Producer
Pinki Chambers Executive Producer
Jon Ellis Editor
Daniel Keevil Editor
Matt Roberts Editor
Graham Barker 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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