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Ian Hislop ...  Himself - Team Captain 492 episodes, 1990-2018
...  Himself - Team Captain / ... 484 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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Only two episodes ever have had one team captain as opposed to the usual two. Both of these occurred during Paul Merton's absence - both Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey appeared on the same team with neither as captain, as did John Bird and John Fortune. See more »

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Robert Lindsay mispronounces diplomatic. See more »

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Jane Moore: [Tony Blair admits to wearing glasses] It was Cherie's idea, actually, because she'd finally got tired of him squinting in bed.
Ian Hislop: Was he at the wrong end?
Jane Moore: Who can say?
Paul Merton: There are other reasons for squinting in bed, of course.
Angus Deayton: Such as?
Paul Merton: Use your imagination, Angus! We'd send out a search party for it, but they'd never come back!
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Spin-off Have I Got News for You: News... for You (2009) See more »

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Still going strong!
22 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Fourteen years on, and its still hilarious! I love this programme - my Friday evenings aren't quite the same without it. And why? Three things: 1. The sharp comments and satire. 2. Ian Hislop. 3. Paul Merton. Before 'that-unfortunate-incident' there was a fourth reason, that being Angus Deayton. Such a dreadful pity that such a fabulous host had to give up. Ah well, at least most of the guest hosts are good too. My particular favourites were Boris Johnson (who had no control over Paul - but then, who does?) William Hague (surprisingly so) and Ann Robinson (deducting points and giving them, umm can't remember much actually...) Anyway, here's to many more years on the air!


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