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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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

The best of British satire: 7 vintage shows

Spitting Image is returning. Some are expecting the new series to represent the welcome, and long overdue, rehabilitation of British satire. Others fear a toothless, joyless effort. Either way, it will face some tough comparisons - most notably with itself. The satire boom of the 60s precipitated a long line of insightful, scabrous, satirical shows. So here, in no particular order, are seven of the best.

Tim Dawson, The Spectator, 27th August 2020

Is it time for canned laughter to return to TV?

An artificial laugh track hasn't been used for decades, but with Covid making studio audiences impossible it could be a useful tool.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 15th August 2020

Have I Got News For You producers suggests studio audience plan

The producers of Have I Got News For You have suggested to the BBC an idea that would see them record the next series of the topical comedy show with a studio audience located in an adjacent room.

British Comedy Guide, 14th August 2020

HIGNFY: BBC dismiss complaints over Hislop and Cummings

'No one is exempt from satire,' said the corporation in a statement.

Ellie Harrison, The Independent, 4th June 2020

HIGNFY: viewers praise Hislop for ripping into Cummings

Presenter said advisor's press conference was 'utter twoddle'.

Ellie Harrison, The Independent, 30th May 2020

How shows are coping without a studio audience

If somebody tells a joke, and nobody is around to hear it, was it actually funny?

Steven McIntosh, BBC, 28th April 2020

Stephen Mangan: Filming HIGNFY from living room weird

Stephen Mangan says filming Have I Got News For You during lockdown was like a "horrendous Skype call".

Female First, 21st April 2020

Making HIGNFY via video

Jimmy Mulville discusses how Hat Trick is learning a new grammar for BBC One's flagship topical quiz.

Desiree Ibekwe, Broadcast, 17th April 2020

What happens when a joke is followed by silence

Now, I'm not the funniest person in the world. (Maybe the fourth, or fifth? I try to stay humble.) But when I started doing live comedy, I was even worse than I am now. Nothing teaches you how to generate a laugh--or makes you more keen to get one--than ending a sentence and being greeted with the howling sound of absolute silence.

Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 8th April 2020

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