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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TV preview: HIGNFY takes on the US election

It was a busy week for news, with the panel getting stuck into the continued delay to the final result of the US election and the UK re-entering lockdown for the month of November, as well as some lighter stories about a new Guernsey police recruitment video and Cliff Richard announcing that he has stopped swearing.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 6th November 2020

Brexiteers put the boot into Have I Got News For You

Brexit supporters and others have criticised Have I Got News For You after the BBC programme posted a tweet about its future. Noting that today, September 28, is the thirtieth anniversary of the first show's airing, the HIGNFY account tweeted: "So that's 30 years then, but if Paul Dacre and Charles Moore take those jobs we're unlikely to see another five, and nor is the BBC."

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th September 2020

HIGNFY renews rivalry with Spitting Image

The BBC's satirical quiz show is turning 30. But in a world of instant online reactions, is it still relevant?

Adam Sherwin, i Newspaper, 25th September 2020

Ian Hislop hopes Donald Trump will host HIGNFY

The Private Eye editor Ian Hislop is hoping that US president Donald Trump will lose out in the presidential election so that he will have time to appear as a guest host on Have I Got News For You.

Nicola Methven, The Mirror, 21st September 2020

HIGNFY exec producer dismisses left-wing bias claims

Have I Got News For You's executive producer Richard Wilson, who admits that he himself is right-wing, defended the organisation saying the problem isn't BBC bias, but a lack of Conservative comics.

Victoria Bell, Yahoo, 6th September 2020

BBC comedy shows appear to be overwhelmingly biased

BBC topical comedy shows appear to be overwhelmingly biased against figures and institutions on the political right, analysis by the Sunday Telegraph has found.

Episodes of the long-running Have I Got News For You on BBC1 and The News Quiz on Radio 4, together with the more recent Mash Report on BBC2, which were broadcast during lockdown, featured 13 times as many jokes aimed at Right-wing figures and issues as opposed to those on the Left.

Dominic Penna & Christopher Hope, The Telegraph, 5th September 2020

The BBC's bid to axe left-wing comedy will fail

From Punch in the 19th century to P. J. O'Rourke to Auberon Waugh to Craig Brown to Titania McGrath, if it's grown-up, nuanced political humour and satire you want, refer to books, newspapers, magazines or the internet. Let the lefties have the airwaves.

Patrick West, The Spectator, 3rd September 2020

Shappi Khorsandi on the BBC and right-wing comedy

High on Tim Davie's list of shows deemed 'too left-wing' is Mock The Week. When I was on the show, I was told I must do my 'Iranian material' - that didn't feel left-wing to me.

Shappi Khorsandi, The Independent, 1st September 2020

BBC propaganda / satire stopped being funny ages ago

Changing the Corporation's pandering, predictable approach to comedy needs more than new material - it requires a revolution.

Robin Aitken, The Telegraph, 1st September 2020

BBC's new boss threatens to axe Left-wing comedy shows

New Director-General Tim Davie believes the BBC's comedy output is seen as too one-sided, and unfairly biased against the Tories, Donald Trump and Brexit.

Bill Gardner, The Telegraph, 31st August 2020

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