The BEST episodes of Have I Got News for You

Every episode of Have I Got News for You ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Have I Got News for You!

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.

Last Updated: 2/22/2024Network: BBC OneStatus: Continuing
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1996 Highlights
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10.00
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#1 - 1996 Highlights

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/20/1996

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1995 Highlights
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1 votes

#2 - 1995 Highlights

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/23/1995

A special edition of the show featuring highlights from the year.

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1997 Highlights
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#3 - 1997 Highlights

Season 14 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/19/1997

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2011 Highlights
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#4 - 2011 Highlights

Season 42 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/30/2011

A compilation of the popular news quiz, looking back at the big news of 2011. With team captains Paul Merton, Ian Hislop and a variety of guest hosts and panellists.

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Alexander Armstrong, James May, Nick Robinson
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#5 - Alexander Armstrong, James May, Nick Robinson

Season 33 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/25/2007

Comedy quiz show that grills celebrities on the week's news, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, host Alexander Armstrong and panellists James May and Nick Robinson.

2000 Highlights
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#6 - 2000 Highlights

Season 20 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/15/2000

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2001 Highlights
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#7 - 2001 Highlights

Season 22 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/31/2001

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1998 Highlights
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#8 - 1998 Highlights

Season 16 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/18/1998

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Martin Clunes, Charlie Brooker, Arlene Phillips
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30 votes

#9 - Martin Clunes, Charlie Brooker, Arlene Phillips

Season 38 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/16/2009

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

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Germaine Greer, Charles Kennedy
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2 votes

#10 - Germaine Greer, Charles Kennedy

Season 20 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/3/2000

Janet Street-Porter, Ray Johnson
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2 votes

#11 - Janet Street-Porter, Ray Johnson

Season 21 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/25/2001

Boris Johnson, Stephen K. Amos, Clive Anderson
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5 votes

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

Season 24 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/29/2002

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Kirsty Young, Bob Marshall-Andrews, Dr. Phil Hammond
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9.00
2 votes

#13 - Kirsty Young, Bob Marshall-Andrews, Dr. Phil Hammond

Season 33 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/11/2007

Comedy quiz show that grills contestants on the week's news, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, host Kirsty Young and panellists Bob Marshall-Andrews and Phil Hammond.

Brian Blessed, Alan Duncan, Marcus Brigstocke
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#14 - Brian Blessed, Alan Duncan, Marcus Brigstocke

Season 35 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/2/2008

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

Jeremy Clarkson, Charles Kennedy, Ed Byrne
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3 votes

#15 - Jeremy Clarkson, Charles Kennedy, Ed Byrne

Season 36 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/19/2008

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

Christmas Special - Bill Bailey, Charles Kennedy, Mark Watson
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2 votes

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

Season 38 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/18/2009

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.

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Sue Perkins, Nick Hewer, Jack Whitehall
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4 votes

#17 - Sue Perkins, Nick Hewer, Jack Whitehall

Season 42 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/16/2011

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

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Jo Brand, Victoria Coren, Graham Linehan
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8.97
31 votes

#18 - Jo Brand, Victoria Coren, Graham Linehan

Season 42 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/14/2011

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.

Directors: Lissa Evans
Dan Stevens, Miles Jupp, Susan Calman
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8.93
30 votes

#19 - Dan Stevens, Miles Jupp, Susan Calman

Season 42 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/25/2011

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.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Kirsty Young, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke
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8.92
59 votes

#20 - Kirsty Young, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke

Season 42 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/2/2011

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.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Jo Brand, Reginald D. Hunter, Joanna Scanlan
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8.90
31 votes

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

Season 41 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/10/2011

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

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Dermot Morgan, Janet Street-Porter, Eddie Izzard
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8.75
4 votes

#22 - Dermot Morgan, Janet Street-Porter, Eddie Izzard

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/26/1996

With Dermot Morgan on Ian's side and Janet Street-Porter on guest captain Eddie Izzard's.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Caroline Quentin, Kathy Lette
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8.67
3 votes

#23 - Caroline Quentin, Kathy Lette

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/29/1994

Directors: Ben Fuller
Felix Dexter, Piers Morgan, Clive Anderson
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3 votes

#24 - Felix Dexter, Piers Morgan, Clive Anderson

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/24/1996

With Felix Dexter on Ian's side and Piers Morgan on guest captain Clive Anderson's.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Maureen Lipman, Neil Hamilton, Christine Hamilton
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8.67
3 votes

#25 - Maureen Lipman, Neil Hamilton, Christine Hamilton

Season 13 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/9/1997

Directors: Paul Wheeler