The BEST Episodes of Have I Got News for You

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 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.

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1995 Highlights

#1 - 1995 Highlights

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 23, 1995

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

star 10.00
1 votes
1996 Highlights

#2 - 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

#3 - 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

#4 - 1998 Highlights

Season 16 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 18, 1998

star 10.00
1 votes
1999 Highlights

#5 - 1999 Highlights

Season 18 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 17, 1999

star 10.00
1 votes
2000 Highlights

#6 - 2000 Highlights

Season 20 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 15, 2000

star 10.00
1 votes
Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over - Phill Jupitus, Róisín Murphy, Stephen Fry, David Gower

#7 - Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over - Phill Jupitus, Róisín Murphy, Stephen Fry, David Gower

Season 20 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 16, 2001

star 10.00
1 votes
2001 Highlights

#8 - 2001 Highlights

Season 22 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 31, 2001

star 10.00
1 votes
Alexander Armstrong, James May, Nick Robinson

#9 - Alexander Armstrong, James May, Nick Robinson

Season 33 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 13, 2007

star 10.00
1 votes
Have I Got Unbroadcastable News For You - Richard Wilson, Eddie Izzard

#10 - Have I Got Unbroadcastable News For You - Richard Wilson, Eddie Izzard

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 30, 1995

Special guests Eddie Izzard and Richard Wilson join regulars Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton for a special edition of the satirical TV news quiz; an all-out attack on the big news stories of 1995, not to mention a wallow in the year's tabloid sleaze.

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

#11 - 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

#12 - 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
2 votes
2011 Highlights

#13 - 2011 Highlights

Season 42 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
1997 Highlights

#14 - 1997 Highlights

Season 14 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 19, 1997

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

#15 - 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 9.25
4 votes
Boris Johnson, Stephen K. Amos, Clive Anderson

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

Season 24 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 29, 2002

star 9.17
6 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Martin Clunes, Charlie Brooker, Arlene Phillips

#17 - 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 9.03
30 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers:
Germaine Greer, Charles Kennedy

#18 - Germaine Greer, Charles Kennedy

Season 20 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 3, 2000

star 9.00
2 votes
Janet Street-Porter, Ray Johnson

#19 - Janet Street-Porter, Ray Johnson

Season 21 - Episode 6 - Aired May 25, 2001

star 9.00
2 votes
Kirsty Young, Bob Marshall-Andrews, Dr. Phil Hammond

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

Season 33 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 13, 2007

star 9.00
2 votes
Brian Blessed, Alan Duncan, Marcus Brigstocke

#21 - 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 9.00
3 votes
Dominic West, James May, Reginald D. Hunter

#22 - Dominic West, James May, Reginald D. Hunter

Season 38 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 11, 2009

The popular news quiz with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Dominic West and guest panellists James May and Reginald D Hunter.

star 9.00
2 votes
Jo Brand, Victoria Coren, Graham Linehan

#23 - 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 8.94
32 votes
Directors: Lissa Evans
Writers: Jimmy Mulville
Jo Brand, Reginald D. Hunter, Joanna Scanlan

#24 - 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 8.93
30 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jimmy Mulville
Kirsty Young, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke

#25 - 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 8.92
59 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jimmy Mulville