Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit ... See full summary »
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Ian Hislop ...
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Angus Deayton ...
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Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit of laughs. Hosted by Deayton, with team captains Hislop (magazine columnist) and Merton (comedian) joined by, typically, a comedian and a politician, journalist or news figure - although an absent Labour politician was once famously replaced by a tub of lard! Regular rounds of Caption Competition, Odd One Out, What Happened Next and Missing Words are interspersed with running jokes: Deayton's senile mother, Hislop's Jimmy Somerville impersonation, the firm belief that all politicians are crooks... Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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28 September 1990 (UK)  »

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Have I Got a Bit More News for You  »

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Trivia

When The Right Honourable Roy Hattersley pulled out at short notice (again) instead of finding a guest celebrity to fill in he was replaced by The Tub of Lard, which lay on the desk throughout the broadcast and was billed as "The Right Honourable Tub of Lard, MP". See more »

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James May describes a "Science Experiment" on Global Warming where he watched ice cubes melting in a drink and noticed the level in the glass didn't get any higher, which made him skeptical of sea-level rises. The ice displaces its own volume in the drink, and as the melting continues the ice displaces less and less volume as the melting water takes up more and more, so overall the level doesn't change. Sea-level rises are predicted because of melting land ice and because warmer water is expanded compared to colder water. (The same principle applies as when a metal sphere no longer fits through a similar-sized hoop when it is heated.) See more »

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Ian Hislop: [Trump] This could be the next President.
David Tennant: I sense that's hard to get out?
Ian Hislop: I nearly said "And he'll meet with Prime Minister Johnson"
[goes crosseyed]
Ian Hislop: "to discuss being mad..."
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Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #1.7 (2012) See more »

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The very best of the UK panel shows
16 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hosted by Angus Deayton, two teams (Captains Hislop and Merson and one guest each) pick through the weeks news in a quiz format. Rounds include odd one out, working out a story from news footage, missing words round etc. Winning is not as important as making good jokes.

This is the original panel show that sparked off copies on other subjects, music (never mind the buzzcocks) sport (they think it's all over) TV (It's only TV but I like it) etc. However it's a very British style of comedy - relying on sharp wits and cynical, satirical views on news stories. Deayton provides the scripted lines, Hislop provides the cruel satirical wit and Merson provides the off the wall style humour. All three are very different but work together very well making for a constant stream of jokes that appeal to different senses of humour.

The chemistry is so good that the guests don't really matter. Some are very good and match the sharp wits joke for joke. However others are clearly out of their depth and are not able to keep up with the joking, rather just try to answer the questions straight. Many are on so that they can be the butt of jokes - politicians are the main group that walk a tightrope by appearing on the show. However the guests are not that important - indeed Merson's team mates have included an Elton John impersonator and a tub of lard (after guests dropped out at the last moment), yet the show was as funny as ever.

Overall very Private Eye Editor Hislop's sharp, cynical humour mixed with Merson's surreal brand of comedy held together in a quiz format makes for a very funny show that feels as fresh as it did all those years ago.


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