The Best Episodes of Have I Got News for You

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2018

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

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
Boris Johnson, Stephen K. Amos, Clive Anderson

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

Season 24 - Episode 6

star 9.50
4 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Jeremy Clarkson, Charles Kennedy, Ed Byrne

#3 - Jeremy Clarkson, Charles Kennedy, Ed Byrne

Season 36 - Episode 9

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

star 9.50
2 votes
Martin Clunes, Charlie Brooker, Arlene Phillips

#4 - Martin Clunes, Charlie Brooker, Arlene Phillips

Season 38 - Episode 1

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
1 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Maureen Lipman, Neil Hamilton, Christine Hamilton

#5 - Maureen Lipman, Neil Hamilton, Christine Hamilton

Season 13 - Episode 4

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Jack Dee, John O'Farrell, Liza Tarbuck

#6 - Jack Dee, John O'Farrell, Liza Tarbuck

Season 31 - Episode 8

star 9.00
1 votes
Felix Dexter, Piers Morgan, Clive Anderson

#7 - Felix Dexter, Piers Morgan, Clive Anderson

Season 11 - Episode 6

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

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Brian Blessed, Alan Duncan, Marcus Brigstocke

#8 - Brian Blessed, Alan Duncan, Marcus Brigstocke

Season 35 - Episode 3

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

star 8.50
2 votes
Claire Rayner, Neil Morrissey, Martin Clunes

#9 - Claire Rayner, Neil Morrissey, Martin Clunes

Season 11 - Episode 4

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

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Jo Brand, Victoria Coren, Graham Linehan

#10 - Jo Brand, Victoria Coren, Graham Linehan

Season 42 - Episode 1

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 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Lissa Evans
Writers: Jimmy Mulville (Creator)
Dave Gorman, Ken Livingstone (Angus' Scandal)

#11 - Dave Gorman, Ken Livingstone (Angus' Scandal)

Season 23 - Episode 6

This is the brilliantly cruel and hilarious very public fall of Angus Deayton - "Good evening and welcome to Have I Got News for You, where this week's loser is presenting it."

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Stephen Mangan, Roisin Conaty, Nigel Farage

#12 - Stephen Mangan, Roisin Conaty, Nigel Farage

Season 47 - Episode 2

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:
2010 Election Special - Jo Brand, Jon Richardson, Lembit Öpik

#13 - 2010 Election Special - Jo Brand, Jon Richardson, Lembit Öpik

Season 39 - Episode 5

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 8.27
7 votes
Jack Dee, Fred MacAulay, Clare Balding

#14 - Jack Dee, Fred MacAulay, Clare Balding

Season 37 - Episode 3

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

#15 - Sue Perkins, Nick Hewer, Jack Whitehall

Season 42 - Episode 9

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
Jeremy Clarkson, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Michael McIntyre

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

Season 33 - Episode 1

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

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

Season 46 - Episode 7

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:
Alexander Armstrong, Victoria Coren, Richard Herring

#18 - Alexander Armstrong, Victoria Coren, Richard Herring

Season 39 - Episode 2

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

star 8.20
5 votes
David Mitchell, Susan Calman, Andy Hamilton

#19 - David Mitchell, Susan Calman, Andy Hamilton

Season 47 - Episode 6

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:
Boris Johnson, Dr. Phil Hammond, Sara Cox

#20 - Boris Johnson, Dr. Phil Hammond, Sara Cox

Season 30 - Episode 6

star 8.17
6 votes
Stephen Mangan, Grace Dent, Miles Jupp

#21 - Stephen Mangan, Grace Dent, Miles Jupp

Season 43 - Episode 1

Popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Stephen Mangan and guest panellists Grace Dent and Miles Jupp.

star 8.15
13 votes
Directors: Lissa Evans
Writers:
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Osman, Camilla Long

#22 - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Osman, Camilla Long

Season 50 - Episode 1

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

#23 - Jack Dee, Charlie Brooker, Bridget Christie

Season 47 - Episode 5

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

#24 - Martin Clunes, Bernard Cribbins, Jennifer Saunders

Season 46 - Episode 10

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

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

Season 49 - Episode 9

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