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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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Country:

UK

Language:

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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Runtime:

(290 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When The Right Honourable Roy Hattersley pulled out at short notice (again) instead of finding a guest celebrity to fill in he was replaced by The Tub of Lard, which lay on the desk throughout the broadcast and was billed as "The Right Honourable Tub of Lard, MP". See more »

Goofs

Paul Merton ridicules Ian Hislop for suggesting a "Feathery Snake", forgetting that the God Quetzalcoatl was a Feathery Snake. See more »

Quotes

Michael Aspel: This is Sir Ian Blair, who believes he should keep his job, despite the shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes, who has received a vote of no confidence from the London Assembly. What was his ballsy response?
Paul Merton: If you've got the authority and confidence to sack me, do it, otherwise I'm going home.
Michael Aspel: He said it was just a one-off.
Ian Hislop: It wasn't for Menezes! Someone said in a bygone age Sir Blair would have been given a bottle of whiskey and a revolver and then would be escorted to his office to quietly do ...
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Alternate Versions

Repeats shown weeks or months after original broadcast are often re-titled "Have I Got Old News For You". See more »

Connections

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

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The show the politicians fear.
6 April 2001 | by savilleSee all my reviews

Actor Angus Deayton, satirist Ian Hislop and comedian Paul Merton make a very formidable trio on this weekly quiz show. Each week they are joined by guests, with appearances by such people as Paula Yates, John Simpson and Tom Baker being particularly memorable. I don't know what Americans would make of it, because you have to be familiar with British celebrities and British news to understand it. Nevertheless, there is endless humour and it's a delight to watch the regulars score points against each other every episode. The format could go on forever but it wouldn't be the same without Deayton, Hislop and Merton.


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