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Have I Got News for You 

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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Series cast summary:
Ian Hislop Ian Hislop ...  Himself - Team Captain 512 episodes, 1990-2019
Paul Merton ...  Himself - Team Captain / ... 504 episodes, 1990-2019
Angus Deayton ...  Himself - Host 200 episodes, 1990-2012
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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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Comedy | Game-Show | News

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UK

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English

Release Date:

28 September 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Have I Got a Bit More News for You See more »

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(290 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography, Paul Merton said that the worst guest presenters were Neil Kinnock, Charles Kennedy and Ann Widdecombe. The former two for their slow delivery and trouble with the autocue, while Widdecombe for being difficult to work with on her second appearance. He also named Jimmy Savile's appearance as a panellist was a lowpoint, due to his later being revealed as a paedophile and sex offender. See more »

Goofs

Katherine Ryan mispronounces vacillating. See more »

Quotes

Henning Wehn: Boris Johnson is the definition of Death by Misadventure. "Let's see what happens if I say this? Oh, what do you know, World War Three!"
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Alternate Versions

From show 26.5, the Saturday repeats were titled "Have I Got a Little Bit More News for You", and featured an extra ten minutes of footage. See more »

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Spin-off The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' (2002) See more »

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The Quintessential Quiz Show
14 May 2004 | by leo_leouencourSee all my reviews

Running for 14 years now, and through fire, brimstone and Presenter Prostitution Scandal, still going strong, the recent vein of guest presenters bringing strong new variety to the show.

'Private Eye' editor Ian Hislop and veteran funny man Paul Merton spearhead this quiz show, led formerly by respected actor Angus Deayton, of 'One foot in the grave' fame have sculpted a masterpiece manifested in this programme. At first, I was wondering how a show about current affairs could be so comic, but the news provides us with an inexhaustible supply of scandal, potential parodies, and hilarious opportunities to lambast politicians and such like, which is what 'Have I got news for you' has been inspired by for the last fourteen years.

Joined by two guests, usually politicians, comedians, journalists, or Boris Johnson, the format surprisingly has never grown tiresome, and with recent classics such as Angus'... Well, departure, the infamous 'Tub of Lard' episode, and 'Elton John' Joining the guests, I am hopeful this show will continue for many years to come.


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