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The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' (2002)

Compilation of classic moments and unseen outtakes from the first 23 series (1990-2002) of the popular BBC comedy show.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hislop ...
David Aaronovitch ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Clive Anderson ...
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Danny Baker ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Baz Bamigboye ...
Himself (archive footage)
Tony Banks ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Tony Banks MP)
Stephen Bayley ...
Himself (archive footage)
Richard Blackwood ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jennie Bond ...
Herself (archive footage)
Frank Bough ...
Himself (archive footage)


Compilation of classic moments and unseen outtakes from the first 23 series (1990-2002) of the popular BBC comedy show.

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13 years, 23 series... All the best moments


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25 November 2002 (UK)  »

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In the DVD commentary with Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, they burst out laughing when they see Angus Deayton's curtains haircut at the beginning of the first series in 1990. See more »


The Earl of Onslow: At the turn of the century, the Church of England was pro-fox hunting and anti-buggery. And it's now pro-buggery and anti-fox hunting.
[audience laughs]
Paul Merton: But presumably with buggery you don't have to chase your quarry through the countryside.
The Earl of Onslow: You ask Peter Tatchell.
Ian Hislop: I don't know, they move pretty quick on Hampstead Heath, don't they?
The Earl of OnslowPaul Merton: How do you know?
Glenda Jackson: I was just about to ask that myself!
Paul Merton: Only when you're there! "Quick, it's Hislop, pretend you're an undercover policeman." "Quickly, swallow the ...
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References Z Cars (1962) See more »

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An fitting tribute to one of Britains BEST comedy shows
29 January 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

At last. The good people at the BBC have decided to release a compilation DVD for, perhaps, Britains finest comedy show. Not only were its panelists spot on with issues surrounding current affairs, but they delt with it in such an amazing satirical way, that even the hard nosed conservatives found it funny in places.

Spanning 12 years and 22 series(as of 2002), this show has earned a place as Britains longest running comedy show. And its not hard to see why. The regulars comprising of Team Captain #1 (IAN HISLOP), Team Captain #2 (PAUL MERTON) and host (ANGUS DEATON), welcome a 2 guest each episode to mull over the weeks current news affairs. WIth the guest list reading like a Who's Who of Brittish tabloid, each show (since 1990) is kept amazingly fresh. Paul Merton remains unbeleivabley hilarious and, haircuts aside, hasnt changed his surreal/spot on humour. It seems this man gets funnier with age. Ian Hislop, for me evokes a sense of awe, with his anarchic brand of comedy and political awareness directing the show, the way it needs to go. Finally Angus Deaton (there is no other person capable of taking his place) anchors the show SO well (forget the fact he is reading from an auto-cue), ad-libbing fantastically, when appropriate.

The DVD has several extras, but the pick being the audio commentary from Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, which has them recalling each episode and era. They are both on top gag cracking form ,and it fills you with weird sense of chivallry, as you here them getting on like two school kids.

As a plea to the BBC, either get Angus back....or kill this amazing, definative comedy.

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