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Have I Got News for You
Have I Got News For You titlescreen.jpg
Have I Got News for You title screen
Format Comedy panel game
Presented by Angus Deayton (1990–2002)
Guest hosts (2002–present)
Starring Ian Hislop
Paul Merton
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series 39
No. of episodes 333 (to 18 December 2009) (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 30 minutes (standard)
40 minutes (extended)
Production company(s) Hat Trick Productions
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two (1990–2000)
BBC One (2000–present)
Picture format 4:3 (1990–1998)
16:9 (1998–present)
Original run 28 September 1990 (1990-09-28) – present
Chronology
Related shows News Knight with Sir Trevor McDonald

Have I Got News for You (often abbreviated to HIGNFY) is a British television panel show produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. It is based loosely on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz, and has been running since 1990. The show has cultivated a reputation for sailing close to the wind in matters of libel with its satirical, light-hearted format.

Hat Trick have announced plans to expand the Have I Got News for You brand to turn it "into a UK equivalent of US satirical website The Onion."[1]

38 series have been broadcast to date; series 39 is due to start on 1 April 2010, moved from it's traditional Friday slot to Thursdays.[2][3]

Contents

Participants

The original line-up, from 1990 to 2002, was Angus Deayton as chairman, with Ian Hislop, the editor of Private Eye, and comedian Paul Merton as team captains. Each captain is accompanied by a guest, usually a politician, journalist or comedian, or somebody particularly relevant to recent news.

Merton took a break from Have I Got News for You during the eleventh series in 1996, making only one appearance as a guest on Hislop's team. He was replaced as opposing team captain by various people, most notably Eddie Izzard. Merton later explained that at the time he was "very tired" of the show and that he thought it had become "stuck in a rut". Nevertheless, he added that he felt his absence gave the programme the "shot in the arm" it needed and that it had been "better ever since".[4]

In May 2002, following newspaper headlines of his adulterous use of a prostitute and illegal drugs,[5] Deayton was ridiculed on the show by Merton and Hislop (along with guests Ken Livingstone and Dave Gorman).[6] Following a second round of revelations about his private life, leading to further mockery from Paul Merton, Deayton was fired in October of the same year, two shows into the new series.[7]

Merton hosted the first episode after Deayton's departure, and was described as "merciless" in his treatment of his former co-star.[8] A series of guest hosts appeared for the remainder of the series, including Anne Robinson, Boris Johnson, and Jeremy Clarkson. Hislop, therefore, is the only person to have appeared in every episode — despite suffering from a burst appendix shortly before one edition and having to go to hospital immediately afterwards [9].

Although Hislop has appeared in every episode, Merton has, at some point during the series' run, played all three roles of the show's format in different episodes: he is usually captain of his team, but has also been a guest on Hislop's team (in series 11 episode 1), and has presented the show (series 24 episode 3). The only other people to have occupied all three positions (host, captain and panellist) are Frank Skinner and Clive Anderson, who have both stood in for Merton as team captain (in series 36 episode 5 and series 11 episodes 3 and 6 respectively).

Despite a search for a permanent successor to Deayton, having a different guest host each week proved successful, with average audience figures increasing from 6 million to 7 million.[10] It was therefore announced in June 2003 that this feature would continue. Merton missed the recording of the 21 November 2008 episode due to illness. Comedian Frank Skinner stood in as guest captain on Merton's team.[11]

Format

The Have I Got News For You studio

Have I Got News for You began on BBC Two on 28 September 1990 and transferred to BBC One in October 2000. "Myself and Ian, we did a disastrous pilot for it," Paul Merton explained nine years later.[12] "It was a beautiful summer's afternoon in 1990. Far too nice to be in a television studio, but I think the BBC had already bought it, so that's how it became a series."

Two series are made every year. At first, the number of episodes per series was fairly random. However, a pattern soon formed whereby the spring series between April to June comprises eight episodes and the autumn series between October to December contains nine, with a one-week break in the middle to allow the broadcasting of Children in Need.

Over an hour's worth of material is recorded for each 30-minute programme on Thursday evenings for broadcast on Friday, allowing the programme to remain topical while the BBC's lawyers have time to request cuts of potentially slanderous material. "No reviewer could possibly review it in that time. We started off with an audience of two million, and somebody might have mentioned it to their friend, and then it sort of built up a momentum of its own."[12]

In recent years, the late-night weekend repeat has occasionally contained extra material from the week's recording. This became a permanent feature from the spring 2007 series, with the repeat having a running time of 40 minutes, and being titled (in the TV listings) Have I Got a Bit More News for You.[13]

The programme is recorded at the London Studios, former home of London Weekend Television, although the 2001 Election special episode was recorded at BBC Television Centre on the Friday morning after the election. The quiz aspect and scores are largely ignored in favour of the panellists' witty exchanges and jokes, and the format seems to change frequently.

"There's been a lot of confusion, with people saying, 'Well, they see the questions beforehand,' which we do," revealed Merton in 1999. "But some people say we see the answers, which we don't, because that would rob it of being a quiz."[12]

"There is a certain amount of show business that goes on in putting on a show," continued Merton. "We found very early on that it's worth seeing the questions beforehand so that you can work out your depth of ignorance. If you really don't know, you think, 'Well, I've really got to try and say something here.' It's much better to be doing that for ten or fifteen minutes before the show than be doing it when the cameras are rolling, in front of an audience, going, 'Well, who's he?'"[12]

Norman Tebbit wrote an article in The Mail on Sunday criticising the whole programme: 'Well, of course Have I Got News for You is all edited. These people, they couldn't improvise live. You put them on a stage, they wouldn't be able to improvise.' To this, Paul Merton — Who is part of improvised comedy team "The Comedy Store Players" and who rose to fame on improvised show Whose Line is it Anyway? and later hosted the similarly themed Thank God You're Here[14] — replied: "Well, when Norman Tebbit said I couldn't improvise, I was... [blows out cheeks and then goes silent]."[15]

Opening

After the title sequence (by Triffic Films), proceedings usually begin with a one-liner. In the time of Angus Deayton, these took the form of such quips as:

"Good evening and welcome to Have I Got News for You, the show that's done for Friday and Saturday nights what ten pints of lager does for Sunday mornings."
"Good evening and welcome to Have I Got News for You, the show that does for comedy....."

After Deayton's drugs scandal, the first show opened with him saying:

"Good evening and welcome to Have I Got News for You, where this week's loser is presenting it."

There would occasionally be variations on this opening one-liner; the first episode broadcast on BBC One featured a row of dancers dancing the can-can across the screen after Deayton promised 'the move to mainstream television will in no way affect the show's content', whilst another episode began with the end credits, before Deayton interrupted, saying 'that was just to annoy everyone who had set their video to record this'.

With guest presenters, these were initially comments referring to the hosts themselves, such as:

"Good evening and welcome to Have I Got News for You. My name is Boris Johnson and when I first appeared as a guest on this show, I complained that the whole thing was scripted and fully rehearsed. I'd now like to complain, in the strongest possible terms, that it isn't."
"Good evening and welcome to Have I Got News for You. My name is Dara Ó Briain. Yes, it's only a week after the General Election and already an immigrant is doing this job... You really should have listened to Michael Howard."
"Good evening and welcome to Have I Got News for You. My name is Alexander Armstrong, and if I seem familiar to you, it's because I'm a regular on ITV. Footballers' Wives, Coronation Street, Emmerdale. You name it, I've done some adverts in the middle of it."

These have been more recently phased out, and now the host typically introduces themselves simply by name, before moving on.

In one episode, guest host and British Indian comic Sanjeev Bhaskar opened the show in Hindi.

Following this, "In the news this week...": three video clips are displayed, each supplied with a scripted caption from the host who then proceeds to introduce that week's guests, with a jocular remark for each.

Main section

The main section of the show comprises several rounds, although, as noted above, this is liable to change. Since the show originally aired, several rounds have been dropped from the original format, but a typical show will usually consist of the following:

  • Round 1, the "Film Round", essentially takes on the major news stories of the week. Silent video clips, usually from news reports, are played to the teams, who then identify them and add their own views, including rants and jokes on vaguely relevant subjects.
    • Sometimes, the clips used have been specially chosen from particular sources, such as in the 2008 Christmas special, which used clips from various Christmas specials to provide the clues. The 1993 'Thatcher special' presented a slight variation called Who Dares Loses?, where the teams had to identify who in the clip 'lost'.
    • On rare occasions, sound is added to the clip, such as a "ker-ching" in the montage that depicted the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal or the Blue Peter theme tune in the week that presenter Richard Bacon had been caught taking drugs.
    • The only occasion that the video clip element of this round has been deviated from was during series 37, when one of the clips was audio only with no pictures. The question was about the Hum, which none of the panel claimed to hear anyway.
  • Round 2 was originally the "Tabloid Headlines Round", in which the panellists identified and commented on the more flippant stories of the week from sufficiently pun-filled tabloid headlines.
    • More recently, this has been filtered out and replaced with a picture game. The most common form that this takes is the "Picture-Spin Quiz", where a picture is simultaneously spun around and zoomed out from. Other regular versions are the "Wheel of News" and the "Jigsaw of News". The former sees the host spinning a plastic wheel that consists of six sections, each with a different image. The latter has the picture revealed in various jigsaw piece-shaped segments. Whatever format the pictures are displayed in, the object of the game is for one team to buzz in before the other and guess how the resulting person or object is relevant to the week's news.
    • In some cases it could even be a more straightforward buzzer round, but is sometimes replaced with a quiz game pertinent to the current guests, for example a mock Mastermind game when Magnús Magnússon appeared or the infamous "Play Your Iraqi Cards Right" from the edition hosted by Bruce Forsyth, which took the format of the presenter's former game show, as well as referencing a special deck of cards produced by the Americans for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  • Round 3 is the "Odd One Out Round", where four personalities, characters and/or objects are presented to a team, whereupon they must identify the interloper, and the topical, amusing or ridiculously obscure link between the other three. In one episode, Merton's "Odd One Out" selection consisted of 16 images and in another, the round comprised four photos of Michael Howard. On another occasion the four choices were Hislop, Merton and both guests, Germaine Greer and Charles Kennedy. The four pictures used were the live remote feeds from the studio cameras. (This technique was also used in an episode hosted by Ronnie Corbett, when the comedian featured as one of the choices.)
    • When Bruce Forsyth was host, this round was replaced by "Conveyer Belt Connections", a reference to the final round of The Generation Game. One of the belts consisted of people and objects whose resulting connection was that they had all been the Odd One Out in previous editions of the show. This included the disparate grouping together of raw sewage, The Hay Wain, Tinky Winky and Osama bin Laden.
  • Round 4 is the "Missing Words Round", where newspaper headlines are displayed, with choice words blanked out. The panellists then suggest what these could be. Since 1994, a regular feature of this round is that some of the banners are taken from that week's choice of obscure "guest publication". Over the years, these have included Goat World, Arthritis News, International Car Park Design and Diarrhoea Digest. Examples of Missing Words are "I'll take Edward up the _____", "Church may be forced to sell _____" and "PM sucked into _____".
  • Often, just after the final scores are read out, there is a Caption Competition, where potentially amusing pictures are shown, to which the panellists are invited to provide an apt headline. No points are awarded for this section.

Rounding off

Deayton typically rounded up the scores with amusing summaries, such as "This week's dog's dinners are [...], while this week's dog's bollocks are..." He also awarded 'prizes': for example "So, for our winners: the chance to go to Michael Portillo's constituency and see the count. For our losers: the chance to retype that sentence without the spelling mistake." The host then thanks the guests and ends with "I leave you with news that...", providing scripted, satirical captions to a further few pictures.

Notable moments

  • When Roy Hattersley failed to appear for the 4 June 1993 episode — it was the third time he had cancelled at the last minute — he was replaced with a tub of lard (credited as "The Rt. Hon. Tub of Lard MP"), as it was "imbued with much the same qualities and liable to give a similar performance". The Tub of Lard was on Merton's team, which went on to win, supposedly despite attempts by Deayton to tip the balance in Ian's favour, including replacing all of Merton's 'Missing Words' with extracts from foreign language tabloids, and a tabloid completely blanked out.[16]
  • On the week of the first allegations about Deayton the presenter was made the butt of almost every joke. The host opened the show with: "Good evening and welcome to Have I Got News for You, where this week's loser is presenting it." [18] Merton and Hislop then produced copies of the newspaper, including one printed on Merton's shirt, with the allegation and referred to them throughout the show, to the discomfort of Deayton.

Running gags

  • The longest running gag in the programme first emerged in 1992, when Merton revealed that he achieved a CSE ungraded qualification in metalwork at school, in an effort to prove the rather less classical nature of his education in comparison to Hislop's. As of 2009, this gag is still occasionally made. This originates from both Merton's appearances on Just a Minute and his stand-up routine. In the commentary on the original Best of DVD, Merton states that he had a conversation with Stephen Fry about this "stupid metalwork thing", and had trouble convincing Fry that it was in fact true and not just made up for the sake of comedy.
  • One of the oldest running gags is for one of the panellists, usually Ian, to state the word ‘allegedly’ after saying something about a public figure that could potentially be considered libellous. [16]
  • John Prescott's weight and alleged appetite is the subject of continual ridicule.[19] On one episode guest host Michael Buerk said, "We've been tip-toeing around John Prescott," and Merton added, "It's a long journey. Some of us are turning it into a sponsored walk."
  • In Series 38 a clip of Alan Sugar complaining about the talk of a recession during an interview has become a running gag and shown when ever the host mentions the recession.[20]

Controversy and litigation

  • In a 1994 episode, Deayton read out the following: "The BBC are cracking down on references to Ian and Kevin Maxwell, in case programme-makers appear biased in their treatment of these two heartless, scheming bastards." However, the Maxwell brothers were about to go on trial, and on 26 July 1996, the BBC and Hat Trick Productions were fined £10,000 each in the High Court for Contempt of Court.[21] The risky nature of the joke was readily apparent on the night itself, with Hislop and Merton humorously claiming that Deayton might genuinely have to prepare himself for a spell in prison because of it.
  • In 1996, a book based on the series, Have I Got 1997 for You, noted about Conservative MP Rupert Allason that "...given Mr Allason's fondness for pursuing libel actions, there are also excellent legal reasons for not referring to him as a conniving little shit". Mr Allason then pursued a libel action against BBC Worldwide and Hat Trick Productions over the remark. He lost the case.[22]
  • In April 2003, three-time guest panellist Stephen Fry announced that he was boycotting the show following the sacking of Angus Deayton. Fry described Deayton's disposal as "greasy, miserable, British and pathetic".[23]
  • On 23 November 2007, Ann Widdecombe appeared as a guest host for the second time, with Jimmy Carr as Hislop's team-mate. However, due to Carr's risque material, Widdecombe vowed she would never appear on Have I Got News for You again. She said, "His idea of wit is a barrage of filth and the sort of humour most men grow out of in their teens. There's no amount of money for which I would go through those two recording hours again. At one stage I nearly walked out."[24]
  • The following week, Will Self appeared as a guest. Self, one of the most regular guests on HIGNFY, said that he would not appear on the show again as well. He said, "I'm afraid that without the reality element, the programme has become just like any other pseudo-panel contest, where funny fellows sit behind desks cracking jokes. Moreover, in the post-Hutton Inquiry era, the BBC seems to have lost its bottle so far as edgy satire is concerned: the sharpest crack I made all evening — and the one that received the most audience laughter — was cut for transmission."[25]

Video exclusives

Four VHS videos were released, two containing specially made editions of the programme:

  • Have I Got News for You (1993), containing clips from the first five series plus the complete 1992 election night special.
  • Unbroadcastable Have I Got News for You (1995), featuring guests Eddie Izzard, Richard Wilson and a surprise appearance from Germaine Greer (specially produced).
  • Classic Battles & Bust-Ups (1996), three full-length episodes featuring the Tub of Lard, Paula Yates and Germaine Greer, among others.
  • Have I Got News for You: The Official Pirate Video (1997), featuring guests Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey (specially produced).[26]

DVDs

The Very Best of Have I Got News for You (2002), a compilation of highlights from the first 12 years of the show, from the beginning up until the episode made after Deayton hit the tabloids. Just over three hours long, and another several hours of extras, including, among other things, running commentary of the whole presentation by Merton and Hislop. Also featured is a clip of Sir Terry Wogan on Room 101, nominating the programme as one of his pet hates. (Wogan's appearance came during the period when the show was hosted by Nick Hancock and not HIGNFY's own Paul Merton.) In addition, interviews with political figures (taken from the Channel 4 Politics Awards) reveal their opinions on the series.

Have I Got News for You: The Best of the Guest Presenters (2003), which, as well as including the normal half-hour cut of Boris Johnson's first guest-hosting, also included a bonus disc, "The Full Boris", which showed a far longer cut of the same episode (lasting slightly under 60 minutes). Slightly longer versions of the shows featuring Martin Clunes, William Hague and Bruce Forsyth as chairman were also included, as well as a compilation of clips taken from other editions from the first two series with guest hosts (with only the episode hosted by Liza Tarbuck not represented). There are also several small extra features, including a discussion between Paul Merton and Boris Johnson regarding Johnson's appearance as presenter, filmed during his appearance as the celebrity guest on the Merton-hosted Room 101.

Have I Got News for You: The Best of the Guest Presenters Vol. 2 (2005), which is nearer in content to the first "Best of" DVD compilation than its direct predecessor. It contains four 45-minute compilations of the Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004 and Spring 2005 series, rather than complete episodes; although it does again contain a bonus disc with an uncut version of Boris Johnson's second stint as presenter. This episode lasts about 80 minutes. "The A to Z of HIGNFY" is also included on the second disc. Each letter is used to stand for a different term often associated with the show. Each is highlighted by various example clips (some included in the main compilation, some lengthened, some unseen). This feature also includes some behind-the-scenes content, with Marcus Brigstocke guiding the viewer around the studio and backstage, on a recording night.

Internet spin-offs

During the late 1990s, the website haveigotnewsforyou.com, run in association with Freeserve, featured interactive versions of the show's games, including the missing words round and the caption competition, with prizes up for grabs.

Have I Got News for You started broadcasting a video podcast, The Inevitable Internet Spin-off, on 13 April 2007.[13] It was initially planned to run for six series, from series 33 to 38, taking it to the end of 2009. Referred to as "webisodes", episodes are available via both the BBC iPlayer and YouTube.

From the beginning of Series 37, a new internet feature, Have I Got News for You, News… for You, was introduced. A short programme featuring typical opening and closing sequences (without the presence of a live audience) as well as other short sketches, it has so far been presented by Alexander Armstrong, and run fortnightly, bridging the gap between series 37 and 38.[27]

Appearances and guest presenters

Many guests have appeared on the programme more than once, and, since the departure of Deayton, many celebrities have acted as guest presenters on the show (a lot of whom were panellists during Deayton's time as host). There are seven people who have appeared as a panellist after appearing as a guest host: Clive Anderson, Marcus Brigstocke, Jimmy Carr, Jeremy Clarkson (who subsequently appeared as a guest host again), Charles Kennedy MP, Paul Merton and Liza Tarbuck. Alexander Armstrong holds the record for both most appearances as guest presenter, as well as most appearances in total, having appeared 15 times as guest host, although has never appeared as a panellist

The below list does not include the two video-exclusive releases, Have I Got Unbroadcastable News for You and The Official Pirate Video, nor the two Comic Relief Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over episodes. (List complete up to 18 December 2009.)

Most appearances in total

15 appearances

10 appearances

9 appearances

8 appearances

7 appearances

6 appearances

5 appearances

4 appearances

Guest presenters

15 appearances as host

9 appearances as host

8 appearances as host

7 appearances as host

4 appearances as host

3 appearances as host

2 appearances as host

1 appearance as host

Other television shows based on the Have I Got News for You format

Similar television shows based on the Have I Got News for You format exist in other countries:

  • American weekly radio show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! was started in 1998 on public radio network NPR. Based in Chicago, the show follows a similar format with three panellists competing to win but no teams. They play some of the same games including fill in the missing headline, however many games are off limits due to their visual nature. Frequently the same stories are covered on both Wait Wait and Have I Got News for You. Differences include, listeners calling in to win mini games and a celebrity interview and quiz in the middle of the show. Wait Wait is probably based on The News Quiz which is also the inspiration for Have I Got News for You.[28][29]
  • Dutch comedian Raoul Heertje appeared on the original Have I Got News for You in May 1995. A year later he became team captain in the newly launched Dutch version of the show: Dit was het nieuws (Dutch) ("This was the news"). The show gradually developed into a very successful programme. In 2009, it was revealed that the show would stop later that year, because its broadcasting organisation, the TROS, was going to lose airtime. On 19 December 2009, the last episode was broadcast.

[30]

  • In Finland a show called Uutisvuoto (literally "newsleak"; the pun works as well in both languages) has been aired since 1998.
  • In Australia, the Doug Anthony All Stars lead singer and comedian Paul McDermott hosted Good News Week (GNW), first on ABC TV and later on Network Ten from 1996 to 2000 and 2008 onwards. GNW varied from Have I Got News for You in that there were three team members per team, instead of the usual two. The series was also notable for the number of UK-based comedians that were panellists on the show, including Ed Byrne. The Ten version also had a weekend broadcast, Good News Weekend, taking its format from Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In 2001, the company behind the recently cancelled GNW developed a similar program called The Glass House on ABC TV. This show was cancelled in October 2006.
  • Sveriges Television of Sweden aired their version of the show called Snacka om nyheter between 1995 and 2003 (which reappeared for a new series in 2008, this time on Kanal 9).
  • A localised version of the program briefly aired in Denmark, and a new version started airing in 2009 on Danish TV2 called Nyhedsministeriet (Translation: "The News Ministry").
  • In Norway the Norwegian Broadcasting Company broadcasts the show Nytt På Nytt (literally: "The News Anew"). It is one of the most popular TV shows in the country with 1.3 million viewers every week (population of Norway: 4.8 million). "Nytt På Nytt" first aired in 1999 on NRK, and it's still aired on NRK. The host is Jon Almaas and the permanent panelists are Knut Nærum and Linn Skåber.[citation needed]
  • Loosely based on the theme of Have I Got News for You, ITV in the United Kingdom aired a show in 2004 called Bognor or Bust, also fronted by Angus Deayton, which discussed current affairs.
  • In Israel, a similar show called "Mishak Makhur" ran for 54 episodes.
  • In Ireland, RTÉ made one pilot episode of a licensed Have I Got News for You clone, with Dermot Morgan as the presenter sometime in the early 1990s. It was never named or made into a full series. However, a topical news and current affairs quiz appeared entitled Don't Feed the Gondolas, which was comparable to a cross between Have I Got News for You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Another attempt at an equivalent began in 2010 with That's All We've Got Time For.
  • Germany had a version called "7 Tage, 7 Köpfe" (literally "Seven Days, Seven Heads")
  • Inspired by Have I Got News for You, Pakistan's News, Views & Confused went on air on one of Pakistan’s leading TV channels, AAJ TV from 11 April 2007. The show is hosted by TV personality and journalist Fasi Zaka and co-hosted by eccentric journalist and writer, Nadeem F. Paracha and fashion journalist, Mohsin Sayeed.
  • Iceland had a version called Þetta Helst (Translation: "Top Stories") in the mid-nineties, which aired on RÚV (The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service).
  • Estonian version, called Teletaip ("TV uptake"), first aired in 2000 on ETV and a total of seven series have been produced. Its two main hosts have been the comedian Tarmo Leinatamm and current MEP Indrek Tarand. [31]
  • New Zealand has a version called 7 Days which begain in August 2009 on TV3 and is hosted by Jeremy Corbett.
  • In the USA on November 20th, 2009, NBC taped a pilot episode for an American version of the programme, with host Sam Seder and team captains Greg Giraldo and Michael Ian Black.[32]

Episode list

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  6. ^ BBC News: Deayton in the lion's den
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  8. ^ BBC News: Show goes on after Deayton exit
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  • Have I Got News for You: The Shameless Cash-in Book, BBC Books, 1994, ISBN 0-563-37111-0
  • Have I Got 1997 for You, BBC Books, 1996, ISBN 0-563-38783-1

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