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The BBC has responded to complaints made about last week's edition of Have I Got News For You.
Hosted by Brian Blessed, comedian Bridget Christie and former mayor of London Ken Livingstone joined regulars Paul Merton and Ian Hislop on the first edition of the satirical news quiz aired after the death of ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
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"We received complaints about this broadcast - some viewers were disappointed by the comments made about the late Lady Thatcher," the BBC acknowledged on its website.
In its response, the BBC said: "Hignfy's agenda is set by the biggest news stories of the week. Given the enormous amount of TV and newspaper comment on the life and achievements of Lady Thatcher, it was impossible to ignore the story.
"Hignfy's purpose is to be entertaining as well as satirical »
Warwick Davis is to guest host 'Have I Got News for You'. The 'Life's Too Short' star will present the topical BBC One quiz show on April 19 alongside regular panellists Paul Merton and Ian Hislop and fellow guest Joe Wilkinson - and the diminutive star can't wait to host the programme. He told The Sun newspaper: ''I am thrilled to have been asked to guest host. Past hosts range from comedy greats to popular personalities, Hollywood stars to bumbling buffoons. I nearly tick all of those boxes.'' Last month, the 43-year-old actor - who has starred in both the »
The final episode of ITV2's retro pop extravaganza The Big Reunion concluded with over 1 million viewers on Thursday night (March 28).
Former pop acts including 5ive, B*Witched and Atomic Kitten performed a concert together in the show's last episode and it collected an audience of 974k (6.7%) at 9pm, overnight data reveals. A further 246k (1.6%) watched on +1.
Celebrity Juice rounded off a strong evening for ITV2, picking up 974k (6.7%) at 10pm.
On BBC Four, Ian Hislop's Goes Off The Rails had 792k (3.6%) at 9pm, while the latest edition of More4's Us import Nashville had 227k (1.3%) at 10pm.
BBC One's biggest primetime show was the latest edition of MasterChef, which served up 4.20 million (19.1%) at 8pm. Prisoners' Wives' latest episode only mustered 3.79 million (17.4%) at 9pm.
Great British Menu continues to impress for BBC Two, picking up 2 million (3.5%) at 7pm. 1.54 million (7.0%) watched James May's Man Lab at 8pm and Horizon intrigued 1.59 million (7.3%) at 9pm. »
The 76-year-old actor first fronted the topical news quiz in 2008, when he brought an inimitable and chaotic presenting style to the programme.
On returning to the hot seat for the episode, Blessed said: "My favourite TV programme with my two favourite presenters. What an honour to be hosting the show again, it will be a joyful reunion."
Watch a clip from Brian Blessed's first time hosting »
Episodes star Mangan, who presented an edition of the BBC programme in 2011, will be the guest host of the first episode in the 45th series of the show.
Baroness Bakewell will be making her second appearance on the programme after first starring in the third series in 1992.
On her return to the show, the Labour Party peer said: "Exposing myself to the ridicule and mockery of Hislop and co... Can't wait!"
Have I Got News for You returns on April 5 on BBC One at 9pm. »
BBC Two has commissioned the feature-length The Wipers Times with My Week With Marilyn‘s David Parfitt producing. Based on the true story of the creation of a satirical magazine that was published in the trenches during World War I, the film stars Ben Chaplin as Captain Fred Roberts who discovered a printing press in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium in 1916 and began publishing the blackly comic Wipers Times for troops on the Western Front. Principal photography has begun in Northern Ireland with Monty Python’s Michael Palin, Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour), Steve Oram (Sightseers) and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) also starring. The Trademark Films production is directed by Andy de Emmony and written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Exec producers are Ivan Mactaggart and Martin Davidson. The movie, to be delivered this summer, does not yet have a UK air date and Trademark tells me producers are hoping »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
NBC and CNN have both reportedly expressed interest in a Us version of Have I Got News For You.
Cable network TBS previously filmed an unbroadcast pilot for the American series, with stand-up comic Sherrod Small as one of two team captains.
Small told a fan on Twitter that he is unaware of whether TBS plans to pick up the pilot, but claimed that other networks have since expressed an interest in the project.
"Last I heard NBC and CNN are really interested too, so we will see," he wrote. "I'm ready to start taping!"
Angus Deayton originally served as host, but was »
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