The BEST Episodes of Have I Got News for You

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2021

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.

1996 Highlights

#1 - 1996 Highlights

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 20, 1996

star 10.00
1 votes
Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over - Meat Loaf, Jo Brand, Carol Barnes, Phil Tufnell

#2 - Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over - Meat Loaf, Jo Brand, Carol Barnes, Phil Tufnell

Season 16 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 12, 1999

star 10.00
1 votes
1998 Highlights

#3 - 1998 Highlights

Season 16 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 18, 1998

star 10.00
1 votes
Have I Got A Question of Sport for You - Frank Bruno, Bill Beaumont

#4 - Have I Got A Question of Sport for You - Frank Bruno, Bill Beaumont

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 12, 1993

star 10.00
1 votes
Christmas Special - Bill Bailey, Charles Kennedy, Mark Watson

#5 - 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
1997 Highlights

#6 - 1997 Highlights

Season 14 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 19, 1997

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

#7 - 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

#8 - 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

#9 - 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

#10 - 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
Jo Brand, Reginald D. Hunter, Joanna Scanlan

#11 - 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
Kirsty Young, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke

#12 - 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

#13 - 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
Maureen Lipman, Neil Hamilton, Christine Hamilton

#14 - Maureen Lipman, Neil Hamilton, Christine Hamilton

Season 13 - Episode 4 - Aired May 9, 1997

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Charlotte Church, Miles Jupp, Richard Osman

#15 - 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:
Steve Frost, Stephanie Calman

#16 - Steve Frost, Stephanie Calman

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 12, 1992

Angus Deayton hosts the news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop and guest panellists Steve Frost and Stephanie Calman.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers:
Griff Rhys Jones, John Sessions

#17 - Griff Rhys Jones, John Sessions

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 16, 1992

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers:
Will Self, John Humphrys

#18 - Will Self, John Humphrys

Season 15 - Episode 3 - Aired May 1, 1998

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Antony Worrall-Thompson, Oona King

#19 - Antony Worrall-Thompson, Oona King

Season 15 - Episode 7 - Aired May 29, 1998

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Brian Blessed, Alan Duncan, Marcus Brigstocke

#20 - 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
Chrstmas Special - Clive Anderson, Harry Enfield

#21 - Chrstmas Special - Clive Anderson, Harry Enfield

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 6, 1991

Christmas Special: Angus Deayton hosts the news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop and guest panellists Clive Anderson and Harry Enfield.

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

#22 - 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

#23 - 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
Christmas Special - Martin Clunes, Rebecca Front, David O'Doherty

#24 - 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
Michael White, Stephen Frost

#25 - Michael White, Stephen Frost

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 1991

Angus Deayton hosts the news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop and guest panellists Michael White and Stephen Frost.

star 8.33
3 votes
Writers: