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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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Have I Got a Bit More News for You  »

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Ian Hislop is the only person to appear in every episode. See more »

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Martin Clunes mispronounces sonorous. See more »

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[caption competition - a photo of a solemn-looking Angus wearing a motorbike helmet with a skull and crossbones on it, but also wearing a shirt and tie as per usual. A biker is in the background]
Paul Merton: General Pinochet's right hand man arrested at last.
Ian Hislop: New chapter opens of Hells Chartered Accountants.
Tom Baker: How do you like your blue-eyed boy, Mr Death?
[this draws the biggest laugh from the audience]
Ian Hislop: Angus takes his stabilisers off.
Paul Merton: Your toupee'll be ready in a moment, Mr Deayton.
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Very good satirical panel game
19 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a very funny BBC panel game with two teams and a host. Angus Deayton hosted it for over a decade, but since he was fired it has had many different guest hosts. One team is led by Paul Merton and the other by Ian Hislop. Each team has different celebrity players each week. However, many celebs have been the host and/or contestants multiple times.

The show has several rounds and is very good at making fun of politicians, current affairs etc.

Some episodes are much better than others, depending on who the participants are.


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