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Ian Hislop ...  Himself - Team Captain 490 episodes, 1990-2018
...  Himself - Team Captain / ... 482 episodes, 1990-2018
...  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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The artist chained to a block of concrete subconsciously mirrors a James Joyce quote: "History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake". See more »

Goofs

The ears-caught-in-a-mechanical-rice-picker joke is from one of the Star Trek Original Series Episodes, not one of the movies. When the subject of Spock's ears comes up in "The Voyage Home", he starts wearing a headband. See more »

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Paul Merton: This is a woman being inflated on the beach!
Guest: This is the woman they thought was a Russian Spy but turned out to just be a Russian.
Paul Merton: She was at the Canteen going "The Sausages are Cold for this time of year" and it sounded like secret messages.
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Referenced in The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999) See more »

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The Quintessential Quiz Show
14 May 2004 | by See 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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