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Have I Got News for You

Series 53-Episode 1

Series 53-Episode 1

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Over the past 27 years, Ian Hislop has never missed a single episode of Have I Got News for You. And he’s still there, of course, for series 53 of this unstoppable comedy juggernaut, which Iaughs in the face of serious illness (the Private Eye editor once braved appendicitis in 1994) and cocks a snook at suggestions that today’s crazy news palette has no need for more absurdist satire.

This nine-episode run will feature some new faces alongside confirmed star hosts Kirsty Young, Alexander Armstrong, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Jo Brand. Here, former Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart will beam in to referee captains Hislop and Paul Merton’s teams (their guests had not been confirmed as RT went to press) in a move that will no doubt delight sci-fi fans.

Stewart, though, is not the first commander of the Starship Enterprise to chair the show. And he’d do well to match the brilliance of William Shatner’s 2012 star turn, which was peppered with superb ad-libs and a shocking (false) claim about prostitution in the lovely north Devon town of Ilfracombe.

Summary

New series. The topical news quiz, still featuring original team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, returns for the first instalment of its 53rd series. Helping the duo poke fun at the week's events are Pointless co-host Richard Osman and newspaper columnist Camilla Long, while stepping into the hot seat for this edition as guest host is accomplished thespian Patrick Stewart. Despite being a household name across the Western world through Star Trek and X-Men, the actor remains just as proud of his association with Huddersfield Town as the brace of hit sci-fi franchises.

Cast & Crew

Team Captain Paul Merton
Team Captain Ian Hislop
Host Patrick Stewart
Panellist Richard Osman
Panellist Camilla Long
Director Paul Wheeler
Producer Ed Ryland
Series Producer Jo Bunting
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