Friday’s best TV: Have I Got News for You; Unreported World

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Ian Hislop and Paul Merton return for the 54th series of the biting satire, as both sides air their views about the Irish Republic’s referendum on abortion rights

As Hignfy returns for its 54th series, it’s hard to know how to feel about this telly institution. It has undoubtedly lost something of its bite with Ian Hislop and Paul Merton having long since adopted roles they could play in their sleep. Plus, the show is probably marginally to blame for the ascent of Boris Johnson. But, still, in these absurd times, someone’s got to take the mickey. The urbane Alexander Armstrong hosts. Phil Harrison

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Bruce Forsyth dies, aged 89

Simon Brew Aug 18, 2017

After a career spanning over 70 years, Sir Bruce Forsyth has left us...

Here’s some very sad news. Legend of British television Sir Bruce Forsyth has died, at the age of 89. He had been unwell for some time.

His manager issued a statement, reported by the BBC, saying:

“It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children. A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months. With a twinkle in his eye, he responded 'I've been very, very busy... being ill!'”.

He leaves behind the kind of body of work that no piece like this can ever do justice too (although I have a real soft spot for the amazing time he hosted Have I Got News For You
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When good TV goes bad: how Have I Got News for You shot itself in the foot

Hislop, Merton and Deayton made a formidable trio – but the bond was broken when the captains turned on their host. The show hasn’t been the same since

The panel show is a strange beast. Get it wrong and you have some of the hokiest TV imaginable: all telegraphed setups and flatlining payoffs. Get it right and you have the kind of concrete slab foundation upon which broadcasting legends are built. For just over a decade, Have I Got News for You got it very right. Launching just as the wheels came off Margaret Thatcher’s premiership in September 1990, it made an immediate impact with its sparky wit and inventive format. Team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton dished out scabrous and surreal quips on the news of the week or at their hapless guests. Holding it all together was chairman Angus Deayton, whose suave but deadly one-liners made him the don of smartarse sophistication,
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Who Should We Let In? review – Ian Hislop looks back at a time when Britain was glad to welcome immigrants

A timely, if oddly jovial, examination of what a difference a century makes in the way the country deals with immigration

The early hours of 2 January 1906. A boat approaches Southampton docks. On board are 10 American sailors saved from drowning in the Atlantic three weeks earlier. The British authorities take one look and order them back to sea. Why? Because they have the misfortune of landing on British soil just one day after the first peacetime restrictions on immigration have been enacted. It no longer matters if they are asylum seekers, economic migrants, or 10 unlucky sailors. According to the law that will for ever change the way Britain views immigration, they are “destitute alien immigrants”. Britain’s open door has been closed to them.

So begins Who Should We Let In? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row (BBC2, 9pm). A timely and oddly jovial examination of how our views on immigration were shaped, or rather warped, around the turn of the last century, it airs as we teeter on the brink of Brexit. Although, let’s be honest: any week in the past 100 years would have been timely because, since the 1905 Aliens Act, Britain’s politicians, public and media have been embroiled in the Second Great Immigration Row.

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Thursday’s best TV: Who Should We Let in?; Host the Week; Riviera

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Ian Hislop unearths some surprises in a history of Britain’s response to outsiders. Plus: Scarlett Moffatt is the first celeb to Host the Week; and revelations on the riviera for Julia Stiles

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2017 line-up

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2017 line-up
Laura PoitrasJulian Assange film, a Jo Cox documentary, and a Walter Murch talk all feature.

UK documentary Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled its full 2017 programme.

This year’s closing night event will be the world premiere of Jo Cox: Death Of An MP, a BBC2 documentary that focuses on the investigation of the politician’s murder, including contributions from eye witnesses, Cox’s family, and people who knew her attacker.

As previously announced, the festival will open with a screening of Daisy Asquith’s documentary Queerama, featuring a live Performance From John Grant.

This year’s Doc/Fest grand jury will include American Honey director Andrea Arnold, as well as Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and ex-Channel 4 news broadcaster Paul Mason.

UK premieres in the programme this year include Laura PoitrasJulian Assange portrait Risk, Whitney Houston doc Whitney: Can I Be Me, Ramona Diaz’s Motherland, Joseph Beuys doc [link
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Joke's over: how the TV panel show fell from grace

Its edgy back-and-forth once dominated our screens, but now the format is suffering a severe ratings dip. Why has this comedy staple lost its lustre?

Related: Do the Right Thing: an antidote to man-heavy ‘I’m funnier than you’ panel shows

The panel show’s death knell may well have been sounded by Harry Enfield. A man with an unwavering knack for zeroing in on the zeitgeist, in his and Paul Whitehouse’s 2014 tribute to BBC2, the Story Of The Twos, the pair mashed up every hackneyed panel show ingredient – from a gurning, pen-tapping Ian Hislop to the Buzzcocks item where abuse is hurled at a lineup of extras – into a Frankenstein’s monster of a programme that oscillated between soullessly automated performance and crowd-pleasing inanity. The echoing refrain was Paul Merton’s smug non sequitur of a punchline. “Is it a dolphin in a bathtub?” he mooted repeatedly,
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The hot summer 2016 TV quiz

How well do you know your Fleabags, Sons of a Bitch and Crazy Ex-Girlfriends? Find out with our goggle-eyed multiple-choice quiz

Film quiz | Politics quiz | Sports quiz | News quiz | Music quiz

Which culturally redundant celebrity was removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house this year?

Bob Carolgees

Keith Chegwin

Christopher Biggins

Michael Barrymore

What is Channel 4’s new nude dating show called?

Bare Necessities

Naked Attraction

Love in the Buff

Randy and Raw

What killed everyone in King’s Landing on Game of Thrones?



White Walkers

Structural mismanagement

Which bafflingly complicated daytime gameshow is about to come to an end?


The Chase

Tipping Point

Deal or No Deal

Where is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend set?

West Covina, California

Corvallis, Oregon

Cape Coral, Florida

Clemson, South Carolina

HBO’s The Night Of is based on which BBC show?

Happy Valley

The Line of Duty

Criminal Justice

Mrs Brown’s
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Watch out John Whittingdale, the Strictly army is marching to save the BBC | Archie Bland

Lots of celebs have criticised the BBC white paper, but when Craig Revel Horwood starts having a go it’s a sign that it’s an ideological push too far

If John Whittingdale has been trying to work out exactly how worried to be about the public response to his imminent BBC white paper, he might have started by following the broadening appeal of last night’s critics at the Baftas. Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky’s outrage electrified the room, and his speech was visceral and heartfelt. But no one’s ever heard of Peter Kosminsky, and he was wearing quite a weird jacket, so it probably didn’t set alarm bells ringing. Mark Rylance? Recognisable, yes, a household name in some households, but still a bit of a luvvie.

Now it’s Ian Hislop. Not exactly a movie star, but people quite like him, don’t they? James Nesbitt?
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The week in TV: Undercover; Marcella; Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop’s Victorian Benefits; Vinyl – review

Sophie Okonedo shines in a drama about a lawyer with a police spy in her bed, but Marcella and Vinyl should be nicked for crimes against originality

Undercover (BBC1) | iPlayer

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Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop’s Victorian Benefits (BBC2) | iPlayer

The first episode of Undercover, scripted by Peter Moffat, was determined to be harrowing. Sophie Okonedo, as lawyer Maya, sped down a Louisiana highway in a bid to halt the execution of a condemned man (Dennis Haysbert) she had been fighting to save. The execution is horrifically botched, leaving the prisoner in a vegetative state that could only be described as the Us penal system meets Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Okonedo and Lester are superb at conveying their separate hells of vocational conflict and festering lies

I wonder if any character in Vinyl can snort coke without reacting as if they've been shot up the nose with a crossbow?
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Thursday’s best TV: Workers Or Shirkers? and How to Stay Young

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Ian Hislop’s potted history of state welfare; and try the ‘sit and rise’ test to keep that youthful glow. Plus: GI Janes take training and Evel Knievel’s transformation from scoundrel to petrol-powered Elvis

As Hislop’s potted history of state benefits demonstrates, not only are the arguments about welfare as old as welfare itself, but the terms of the dispute have barely altered – socially responsible hand up or counterproductive handout? Hislop considers the legacies of Victorian social reformers such as Edwin Chadwick and brings the discussion into the here and now with Deirdre Kelly of Benefits Street, Tristram Hunt and a pre-resignation Iain Duncan Smith. Andrew Mueller

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Iain Duncan Smith 'wept about plight of single mother' in TV interview

Ian Hislop says former work and pensions secretary broke down during filming of new Workers or Shirkers documentary

Iain Duncan Smith broke down and wept about the plight of a single mother during a television interview months before he quit as work and pensions minister.

The Private Eye editor Ian Hislop said Duncan Smith started to cry during an interview last December for a documentary on Victorian attitudes to poverty. “It was a curious thing,” he told the Radio Times. “Ids actually broke down. He wept in front of me. It was a very extraordinary moment.”

Related: Can the new work and pensions secretary win back trust on welfare? | Patrick Butler

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David Tennant Hosts Have I Got News For You?

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Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Catch Tenth Doctor, David Tennant hosting Have I Got News For You? tonight! We’re not really used to seeing him presenting, but in the past, he’s done stints on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Red Nose Day, so it’s not completely unprecedented. The satirical show will, as always, feature Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, the former of whom is...

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BBC licence fee: Public supports a tweaked licence fee with most against part-subscription

As the conflict between the government and the BBC rages on, it has been revealed that the majority of the public are against the introduction of a new part-subscription service.

The BBC Trust conducted a public consultation from 22 July to 18 September and also engaged in independent audience research, and its findings show that most people support a tweaked version of the licence fee.

The wider public consultation of 40,000 respondents found that 53% of people supported a modernised licence fee, which takes into account iPlayer services.

Elsewhere, 16% voiced their support for a part-subscription model, while 53% were opposed to the idea.

2,908 people took part in an independent quantitative research study, with 128 people also taking part in qualitative focus groups.

At an event today (October 16), BBC Trust Chairman Rona Fairhead said: "The BBC has always been a universal public service broadcaster and the public have told us in their thousands that they want it to stay that way.
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Jeremy Clarkson made butt of jokes on BBC's Have I Got News For You

Former Top Gear presenter gets verbal battering from guest Richard Osman as well as team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, say witnesses

Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson bore the brunt of a series of gags as he recorded an episode of Have I Got News For You, his first time on the BBC since his departure earlier this year.

Clarkson joined regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton to record the show, the first of the satirical panel programme’s 50th series which was aired on Friday evening.

Related: Jenson Button rules out Top Gear role after renewing Formula One contract

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Jeremy Clarkson films BBC return on Have I Got News for You

Former Top Gear host, who has signed a deal with Amazon since leaving car show, pictured taking a break outside London Studios

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been pictured taking a break outside London Studios, where he will be making his BBC return, filming Have I Got News for You.

Clarkson is due to join team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton in the episode, which airs on Friday.

Related: Jenson Button rules out Top Gear role after renewing Formula One contract

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9 TV shows you must watch this week: This Is England '90 finale, Clarkson on Hignfy, last ever CSI

From the sequin-tastic return of Strictly Come Dancing to the promising prospect of The West Wing and Birds Of A Feather colliding as Rob Lowe and Pauline Quirke star in You, Me and The Apocalypse - pull up an easy chair for Digital Spy's top TV picks for the next seven days.

1. CSI - Tuesday, 10pm on Channel 5

After 15 years and uncountable grisly murders in Las Vegas, the CSI team will say farewell in a feature-length movie. Rejoice as William Petersen is back as Gil Grissom, alongside a host of former faces to solve one last case.

It's not a complete end, as Ted Danson has moved sideways to spinoff show CSI: Cyber, but it should be a tough act to follow.

2. You, Me and the Apocalypse - Wednesday, 9pm on Sky1

Like a TV supergroup, this needs to be seen purely because of the eye-rubbingly impressive cast. The West Wing
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Ian Hislop didn't sign BBC protest letter because he thought it would make him look like an "overpaid wanker"

Ian Hislop refused to sign a protest letter defending the BBC because he didn't think people would care what he said.

As the conflict between the government and the BBC rages on, many famous names have pledged their support to the broadcasting company in a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron.

However, the Have I Got News for You regular thought the move was "entirely inappropriate" as it does no good to the cause.

Hislop told Press Gazette: "Had I seen my own name on the list, I would have thought, 'You overpaid wanker - why should I care what you say?'

"To have a letter from a load of famous people saying, 'I like the BBC and I get paid by them'. I mean, so what?"

Nevertheless, he said that he's worried about the future of the BBC from a viewer's perspective.

"I think it's playing all its cards very,
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Cold Feet: Where are the cast of ITV's hit series now?

Is ITV really going to bring back Cold Feet?

That's the rumour, with the broadcaster apparently looking to plug the Downton-shaped hole in its schedule with a revival of the popular comedy-drama.

If it's true, they'll have a job bringing the cast back together - some have gone on to be huge telly and film stars, while others have stepped out of the spotlight entirely...

James Nesbitt

Nesbitt's carefree lothario Adam Williams met his match in Helen Baxendale's Rachel - the couple overcame infidelity and infertility but were denied lasting happiness when Rachel was killed in a traffic accident.

Since Cold Feet wrapped, Nesbitt has become one of British television's most in-demand leading men.

He fronted BBC One's gritty cop series Murphy's Law from 2003-07, led Steven Moffat's supernatural thriller Jekyll - also in 2007 - and played the title character in ITV's short-lived medical drama Monroe (2011-12).

Of late,
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The enduring social shorthand of Harry Enfield characters

When the Lse published a report about rich, useless children being protected by cash and connections, newspapers illustrated the story with Tim Nice But Dim. Why, 25 years on, are Loadsamoney and Waynetta Slob still go-to references?

The report from the London School of Economics called it “opportunity hoarding”: the way that well-off parents create a “glass floor” to protect their untalented offspring and, in the process, stop the poor from rising up. They were good phrases, but Britain already had a name for it. What the report really described, as the Mail put it, was “the triumph of Tim Nice But Dim”.

There’s perhaps a slender chance that you won’t know who the Mail – along with the Express, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and, naturally, the Guardian – were talking about. Tim Nice But Dim was a character originally created by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, but brought
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