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 »
A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Stephen Fry is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.
A British show in which actors and comedians improvise sketches in various "theatre-sports"-type games, based on audience suggestions. The games might include singing a Hoedown about Tory ... See full summary »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
[at the end of the quiz]
So Ian wins based on questions about his magazine and people he's met on the train!
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This is up there with "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" as Britain's most purely enjoyable comedy panel show. In fact, HIGNFY probably has even greater prestige because it's the longer running of the two and has managed to survive the loss of a permanent presenter without too much damage being done. If we're honest, then Buzzcocks is gamely trying, but it will never reach the heights of old without Mark Lamarr. "News" has always lived and died on the quality of the rapport between its guests and regular show members, so as long as you have a strong figure in the hot-seat you're guaranteed plenty of laughs even if it's been a slow week for headlines.
Apart from the witty team captains, the genius of this show is that it brings politics into everyone's front room, and the disingenuous cheaters liars and back-stabbers in the media are never allowed to wriggle off the hook like they so often do on "Question Time". I'll never forget, for example, when Piers Morgan was left humiliated and sulking like the big baby he is after one particularly memorable appearance. Public figures either get the chance to permanently destroy their reputation, or else come across as genuinely likable human beings
either way we can sit at home enjoying all of it. It's the modern
equivalent of a spectacle like the Christians being thrown to the lions, and it provides consistently top-notch viewing. Bravo to the regulars, and of course the BBC for being brave enough to stick with it all this time. May it have many future runs ahead of it.
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