Have I Got News For You. Image shows from L to R: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton
Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You

  • TV panel show
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 1990 - 2021
  • 553 episodes (62 series)

Long-running topical panel game with a strong political slant, featuring team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. Also features Angus Deayton.

Press clippings

Old clip of Boris Johnson on HIGNFY goes viral & is timely as ever

This old clip of Boris Johnson on Have I Got News For You has just gone viral all over again for reasons which presumably won't need explaining here. It was from Johnson's first appearance on the programme back in 1998.

The Poke, 26th January 2022

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2021 shortlist

The 60 TV and radio programmes shortlisted across the 10 categories in the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2021 have been revealed. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 17th January 2022

BBC under fire for booking Fin Taylor on HIGNFY

The clever clogs over at BBC HQ have decided it's appropriate to rebook a comedian who, last time out, made jokes about blowing up Jeremy Corbyn supporters for a cheap laugh.

Roderick McPhee, The Sun, 25th October 2021

David Amess death prompts BBC1 schedule changes

Have I Got News For You and The Cleaner have been pulled from BBC One's schedules tonight (Friday 15th October) following the death of David Amess MP. If the name of Amess is familiar to comedy fans it may be because he was one of the people duped into condemning the fictional drug "cake" in the Chris Morris comedy Brass Eye in the early 1990s.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 15th October 2021

Geoff Norcott to make HIGNFY debut for 'impartiality'

At last, a BBC programme Nadine Dorries can enjoy.

Geoff Norcott, the UK's "only declared Conservative comedian", will make his debut as a panellist on Have I Got News For You.

Norcott, who claims to be one of the few Tory-voting stand-ups in an industry dominated by left-leaning comedians, will be a guest on the BBC One satirical show on Friday 15th October.

Adam Sherwin, i Newspaper, 8th October 2021

HIGNFY creator wants Angus Deayton to host again

"I think it'd be very nice for him [to come back to Have I Got News For You]," revealed Jimmy Mulville in an interview with BBC Radio 4. "We're all a little older now. He's definitely served his time, and he was a very good host."

Neil Goulding, The Mirror, 29th September 2021

BBC defends 'tedious' HIGNFY' Welsh language jokes

The BBC has defended an episode of Have I Got News For You which included 'jokes' claiming that the Welsh language was unpronounceable.

Nation Cymru, 10th May 2021

Why Zoe Lyons wore a hat on HIGNFY

For those wondering why Zoe Lyons is wearing a beanie hat on Have I Got News For You on Friday night it is because she has alopecia.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 7th May 2021

HIGNFY slammed for "weak & tedious" Welsh language gags

Friday night's episode of Have I Got News For You has been slammed online after cracking 'jokes' claiming that the Welsh language was unpronounceable.

Nation Cymru, 1st May 2021

Anger at joke saying Israel ignores Arabs on vaccines

A complaint has been lodged to the BBC after actor David Tennant read out a comment on a popular comedy show, saying Israel "ignores the Arab population" when it comes to vaccinations.

Jewish News Online, 14th April 2021

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