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 ...
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A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Sandi Toksvig is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.
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
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In a 1994 episode, Deayton read out the following: "The BBC are cracking down on references to Ian and Kevin Maxwell, in case program-makers appear biased in their treatment of these two heartless, scheming bastards." Unfortunately, the Maxwell brothers were about to go on trial, and, 26 July 1996, the BBC and Hat Trick Productions were fined £20,000 in the High Court for Contempt of Court. See more »
Ian Hislop says "in cohorts with Lord Ashcroft" when he means "in cahoots with Lord Ashcroft". See more »
Have I got News for you is normally a very funny show, with Paul Merton and Ian Hislop both being intelligence and having good comedic timing and willing to make fun of themselves. HIGNFY is a topical news quiz with a guest host, and Paul Merton and Ian Hislop as captains of the team. They make jocks of whatever is big in the news, whether it politics, international relations, economic or celebrity, the list is numerous. The guest host can normally be anyone famous, from politicians such as Boris Johnson, William Hague or Charles Kennedy, to presenters like Jeremy Clarkson, Adrian Chiles or Des Lynam, to comedians like Jack Dee or Bill Bailey. Other guests are also on the show, I really enjoy it when David Mitchell is on because he is just great, especially one time after the Local Elections in 2006 and the cabinet reshuffle with Charles Clarke was offered a number of jobs and John Prescott had an affair. The show doesn't pull any punch, which makes the BBC lawyers worried at times. There are recurring jokes such as the camp German Ambassador, Ian Hislop being sued in the past and Ian Hislop and his views on the Euro. HIGNFY is the standard bearer for shows of this natural and none have come close to matching it for intelligence or comedic value.
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