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Have I Got News for You

  • 1990
  • Comedy
  • Game show
  • 15


"Have I Got News for You" is a comedy panel show that pokes fun at the week's news. Ian Hislop and Paul Merton have been team captains since the series premiered on BBC Two in 1990 and on every show each is joined by a guest, usually a politician or a comedian. Original host Angus Deayton was fired in 2002 after revelations about his private life appeared in a Sunday newspaper. Since then, guest hosts have appeared, including Alexander Armstrong, Jack Dee, Martin Clunes, Kirsty Young, Jo Brand and Bruce Forsyth. Panellists have included Marcus Brigstocke, Andy Hamilton, Clive Anderson, Charles Kennedy, Clare Balding, Boris Johnson, Lembit Opik, Lee Mack, Andrew Neil and Nick Robinson. Each show begins with the "Film Round", where the teams are asked for their take on a major news story of the week. This is followed by the "Tabloid Headlines Round" in which the panellists try to identify stories from a headline alone. Next up is the "Odd One Out Round" where the teams are shown pictures of four personalities or objects and they must identify the link between three of the pictures to uncover the odd one out. This is followed by the "Missing Words Round" where newspaper headlines are displayed with certain words blanked out. The panellists suggest what the missing word or words could be. Each episode ends with the "Caption Competition", where the panellists try to come up with amusing headlines for pictures. Archive episodes are repeated in the series "Have I Got Old News for You" and an extended version of the main show follows a few days after their original broadcast. The series transferred to BBC One in 2000. Reruns are shown on BBC Two and Dave. It returned for series 42 in October 2011.

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