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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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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Have I Got a Bit More News for You  »

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In April 2003, frequent guest panelist Stephen Fry announced that he was boycotting the show following the sacking of Angus Deayton, a decision described by Fry as "greasy, miserable, British and pathetic". See more »

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Martin Clunes mispronounces sonorous. See more »

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Clive Anderson: What else has happened that has put a strain on relationships between the West and the Middle East?
Paul Merton: Oh! This is the teddy bear.
Clive Anderson: The teddy bear, you're straight to it. Yes.
Paul Merton: Yes, I don't know who Pudsey is, because the Children in Need bear is called "Pudsey", so I hope that's not...
Will Self: That is a Deity! Actually, that is a deity of the Aturi pygmies who are sworn to kill everybody who works for the BBC.
Clive Anderson: So Pudsey may well be offending someone, but this...
Paul Merton: Yes, it's the teacher, who, the bear was ...
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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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