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
  • 590 episodes (66 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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The biggest problem for the makers of a satirical news quiz in 2018 must be knowing where to start. Hislop and Merton's Friday-night fixture has felt slightly flabby in recent series but Brexit, Trump and Cambridge Analytica feel like fish in a barrel, just waiting to be shot. Jeremy Paxman hosts this opener.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 6th April 2018

HIGNFY: women hit back against 'too modest' claims

Politicians and comics dispute Ian Hislop's comments about reasons for lack of female hosts on panel show.

Bruce Dessau, The Guardian, 6th April 2018

Have I Got News For You and the problem of women

The comedian Bridget Christie has been a team member on HIGNFY twice - the second time in 2014, shortly after winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award. "The second time was not a fun experience. I said, 'I don't think I'll do this again.'"

Alice Jones, i Newspaper, 6th April 2018

The 20 best Have I Got News For You presenters - ranked

Now approaching its 500th episode, the satirical news quiz has clocked up an impressive 110 hosts. In reverse order, here's our top 20.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 6th April 2018

Women are too 'modest' to host a comedy quiz show?

From the late 16th century, the word 'modest' when applied to women has meant 'not forward or lewd' - a quality so often policed by men.

Steven Poole, The Guardian, 5th April 2018

Hislop should ask why women are too modest for HIGNFY

If HIGNFY has created an environment that women are reluctant to enter, that is not on women - that's on Hislop and friends.

Tracy King, The New Statesman, 5th April 2018

So female politicians don't want to host HIGNFY?

The implication that women are too cowardly to host the quiz show is ridiculous - they're busy in a ceaseless battle against trivialisation.

Zoe Williams, The Guardian, 4th April 2018

Left-wing - not gender - bias is ruining a hit BBC show

If you think women aren't able to cope on TV comedy panel shows, then have I got news for you: you're wrong.

And so is Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who has turned down all requests to appear on the BBC panel show Have I Got News For You since her one and only appearance in 2012 because, she claims, it is "too vicious" for most female guests.

Julia Hartley-Brewer, The Telegraph, 4th April 2018

Women too modest to host HIGNFY, Hislop claims

BBC show's team captains say low number of guest slots given to female politicians is because they refuse to appear.

Caroline Davies, The Guardian, 3rd April 2018

It's not funny being the only woman on a TV panel show

If Have I Got News For You has problems finding female guests, maybe it's because the potential pitfalls are all too obvious.

Natalie Haynes, The Guardian, 3rd April 2018

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