The BEST Episodes of Have I Got News for You

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Network: BBC One

Based on the week's news, Have I Got News For You is fronted by guest hosts and features two regular team captains, Paul Merton and Ian Hislop. Each week the show invites two guests to cast a jaundiced eye over the week's news, resulting in a fast flow of anarchic, spontaneous and hugely entertaining wit and humour. Guests typically represent the world of politics, comedy, show-business and journalism, and are often themselves particularly newsworthy participants. The final touches of Have I Got News For You are put together only hours before recording, allowing guests to comment on the late-breaking news stories of the day.

Christmas Special - Bill Bailey, Charles Kennedy, Mark Watson

#1 - Christmas Special - Bill Bailey, Charles Kennedy, Mark Watson

Season 38 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 18, 2009

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Bill Bailey and guest panellists Charles Kennedy MP and comedian Mark Watson.

star 10.00
1 votes
Jeremy Clarkson, Charles Kennedy, Ed Byrne

#2 - Jeremy Clarkson, Charles Kennedy, Ed Byrne

Season 36 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 19, 2008

Jeremy Clarkson acts as host, with Ed Byrne on Ian's side and Charles Kennedy on Paul's.

star 9.50
2 votes
Boris Johnson, Stephen K. Amos, Clive Anderson

#3 - Boris Johnson, Stephen K. Amos, Clive Anderson

Season 24 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 29, 2002

star 9.00
5 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Martin Clunes, Charlie Brooker, Arlene Phillips

#4 - Martin Clunes, Charlie Brooker, Arlene Phillips

Season 38 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 16, 2009

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Martin Clunes and guest panellists Charlie Brooker and Arlene Phillips.

star 9.00
29 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Jo Brand, Victoria Coren, Graham Linehan

#5 - Jo Brand, Victoria Coren, Graham Linehan

Season 42 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 14, 2011

The popular news quiz returns, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jo Brand and guest panellists Victoria Coren and Graham Linehan.

star 8.90
31 votes
Directors: Lissa Evans
Writers: Jimmy Mulville (Creator)
Jo Brand, Reginald D. Hunter, Joanna Scanlan

#6 - Jo Brand, Reginald D. Hunter, Joanna Scanlan

Season 41 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 10, 2011

Team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Jo Brand and guest panellists Reginald D Hunter and Joanna Scanlan.

star 8.90
29 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jimmy Mulville (Creator)
Kirsty Young, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke

#7 - Kirsty Young, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke

Season 42 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 2, 2011

Guest host Kirsty Young, comedian Marcus Brigstocke and writer Gyles Brandreth join in the fun on the satirical current affairs quiz, with regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

star 8.90
58 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jimmy Mulville
Dan Stevens, Miles Jupp, Susan Calman

#8 - Dan Stevens, Miles Jupp, Susan Calman

Season 42 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 25, 2011

After Children In Need, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton return for a winter dose of Have I Got News For You. Host is Dan Stevens and guests are Miles Jupp and Susan Calman.

star 8.77
31 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jimmy Mulville (Creator)
Charlotte Church, Miles Jupp, Richard Osman

#9 - Charlotte Church, Miles Jupp, Richard Osman

Season 44 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 14, 2012

Popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Charlotte Church and guest panellists Miles Jupp and Richard Osman.

star 8.64
36 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Brian Blessed, Alan Duncan, Marcus Brigstocke

#10 - Brian Blessed, Alan Duncan, Marcus Brigstocke

Season 35 - Episode 3 - Aired May 2, 2008

Brian Blessed acts as host, with Alan Duncan on Ian's team and Marcus Brigstocke on Paul's.

star 8.50
2 votes
Alexander Armstrong, Victoria Coren, Richard Herring

#11 - Alexander Armstrong, Victoria Coren, Richard Herring

Season 39 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 8, 2010

With host Alexander Armstrong and guest panelists Richard Herring and Victoria Coren.

star 8.47
57 votes
David Mitchell, Roisin Conaty, Andy Hamilton

#12 - David Mitchell, Roisin Conaty, Andy Hamilton

Season 42 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 11, 2011

Popular news quiz with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host David Mitchell and guest panellists Roisin Conaty and Andy Hamilton.

star 8.44
59 votes
Directors: Lissa Evans
Writers: Jimmy Mulville (Creator)
Christmas Special - Martin Clunes, Rebecca Front, David O'Doherty

#13 - Christmas Special - Martin Clunes, Rebecca Front, David O'Doherty

Season 42 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 23, 2011

Popular news quiz with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Martin Clunes and guest panellists Rebecca Front and David O'Doherty.

star 8.43
60 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jimmy Mulville
2010 Election Special - Jo Brand, Jon Richardson, Lembit Öpik

#14 - 2010 Election Special - Jo Brand, Jon Richardson, Lembit Öpik

Season 39 - Episode 5 - Aired May 7, 2010

2010 election special, aired on Friday instead of Thursday. Chaired by Jo Brand with guests Lembit Opik and Jon Richardson joining Paul Merton and Ian Hislop

star 8.30
85 votes
Stephen Mangan, Roisin Conaty, Nigel Farage

#15 - Stephen Mangan, Roisin Conaty, Nigel Farage

Season 47 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 11, 2014

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Stephen Mangan and guest panellists Roisin Conaty and Nigel Farage MEP.

star 8.29
21 votes
Directors: Lissa Evans
Writers:
Jeremy Clarkson, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Michael McIntyre

#16 - Jeremy Clarkson, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Michael McIntyre

Season 33 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 13, 2007

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Jack Dee, Fred MacAulay, Clare Balding

#17 - Jack Dee, Fred MacAulay, Clare Balding

Season 37 - Episode 3 - Aired May 8, 2009

star 8.25
4 votes
Sue Perkins, Nick Hewer, Jack Whitehall

#18 - Sue Perkins, Nick Hewer, Jack Whitehall

Season 42 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 16, 2011

Popular news quiz with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Sue Perkins and guest panellists Nick Hewer and Jack Whitehall.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jimmy Mulville
Jack Whitehall, Janet Street-Porter, Richard Bacon

#19 - Jack Whitehall, Janet Street-Porter, Richard Bacon

Season 46 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 22, 2013

Jack Whitehall hosts the news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, and guest panellists Richard Bacon and Janet Street-Porter.

star 8.21
14 votes
Directors: Lissa Evans
Writers:
David Mitchell, Susan Calman, Andy Hamilton

#20 - David Mitchell, Susan Calman, Andy Hamilton

Season 47 - Episode 6 - Aired May 9, 2014

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host David Mitchell and guest panellists Susan Calman and Andy Hamilton.

star 8.17
24 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Osman, Camilla Long

#21 - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Osman, Camilla Long

Season 50 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 2, 2015

Regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Jeremy Clarkson and panellists Richard Osman and Camilla Long.

star 8.13
38 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Jack Dee, Charlie Brooker, Bridget Christie

#22 - Jack Dee, Charlie Brooker, Bridget Christie

Season 47 - Episode 5 - Aired May 2, 2014

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jack Dee and guest panellists Charlie Brooker and Bridget Christie.

star 8.10
20 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Martin Clunes, Bernard Cribbins, Jennifer Saunders

#23 - Martin Clunes, Bernard Cribbins, Jennifer Saunders

Season 46 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2013

Martin Clunes hosts the news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop and guest panellists Bernard Cribbins and Jennifer Saunders.

star 8.08
24 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Jack Dee, James Acaster and Janet Street-Porter

#24 - Jack Dee, James Acaster and Janet Street-Porter

Season 49 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 5, 2015

Regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Jack Dee and guest panellists James Acaster and Janet Street-Porter.

star 8.08
24 votes
Claire Rayner, Neil Morrissey, Martin Clunes

#25 - Claire Rayner, Neil Morrissey, Martin Clunes

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired May 10, 1996

With Claire Rayner on Ian's side and Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey on the other.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: