Have I Got News for You

The WORST episodes of Have I Got News for You

Every episode of Have I Got News for You ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst 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: 8/1/2022Network: BBC One
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Jimmy Savile, Diane Abbott
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4.75
4 votes

#1 - Jimmy Savile, Diane Abbott

Season 17 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/28/1999

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Omid Djalili, Clement Freud
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5.38
32 votes

#2 - Omid Djalili, Clement Freud

Season 22 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/30/2001

Lee Mack, Ross Noble, Victoria Derbyshire
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5.42
31 votes

#3 - Lee Mack, Ross Noble, Victoria Derbyshire

Season 42 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/28/2011

Popular news quiz with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Lee Mack and guest panellists Victoria Derbyshire and Ross Noble.

Directors: Lissa Evans
Martin Clunes, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Chris Addison
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5.55
33 votes

#4 - Martin Clunes, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Chris Addison

Season 39 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/13/2010

Martin Clunes chairs Chris Addison, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Paul Merton and Ian Hislop.

Christmas Special - Daniel Radcliffe, Sara Cox, Andy Hamilton
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5.62
34 votes

#5 - Christmas Special - Daniel Radcliffe, Sara Cox, Andy Hamilton

Season 44 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/21/2012

Popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Daniel Radcliffe and guest panellists Sara Cox and Andy Hamilton.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Bruce Forsyth, Laura Solon, Ross Noble
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5.65
34 votes

#6 - Bruce Forsyth, Laura Solon, Ross Noble

Season 39 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/27/2010

Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by Bruce Forsyth, Ross Noble and Laura Solon.

William Shatner, Charlie Brooker, Andy Hamilton
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5.85
67 votes

#7 - William Shatner, Charlie Brooker, Andy Hamilton

Season 43 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/25/2012

Popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host William Shatner and guest panellists Charlie Brooker and Andy Hamilton.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Miranda Hart, Mark Steel, Andrew Neil
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6.19
31 votes

#8 - Miranda Hart, Mark Steel, Andrew Neil

Season 38 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/30/2009

The popular news quiz with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Miranda Hart and guest panellists Mark Steel and Andrew Neil.

Directors: John L. Spencer
Jack Dee, Marcus Brigstocke, Rebecca Front
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6.20
30 votes

#9 - Jack Dee, Marcus Brigstocke, Rebecca Front

Season 38 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/13/2009

Roger Moore, Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Johnson
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6.29
34 votes

#10 - Roger Moore, Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Johnson

Season 44 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/23/2012

Popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Sir Roger Moore and guest panellists Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Johnson.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Bill Bailey, Armando Iannucci, Adam Buxton
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6.32
31 votes

#11 - Bill Bailey, Armando Iannucci, Adam Buxton

Season 33 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/4/2007

Kathy Burke, Ken Livingstone, Joe Wilkinson
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6.34
35 votes

#12 - Kathy Burke, Ken Livingstone, Joe Wilkinson

Season 43 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/18/2012

Kathy Burke guest-hosts the satirical current affairs quiz, with regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton joined by Ken Livingstone and Joe Wilkinson to poke fun at the weeks news.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Eamonn Holmes, Armando Iannucci, Robert Peston
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6.42
33 votes

#13 - Eamonn Holmes, Armando Iannucci, Robert Peston

Season 39 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/20/2010

With guest host Eamonn Holmes and guest panellists Armando Iannucci and Robert Peston.

Rolf Harris, Andy Hamilton, Julia Hartley-Brewer
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6.50
4 votes

#14 - Rolf Harris, Andy Hamilton, Julia Hartley-Brewer

Season 37 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/15/2009

Jo Brand, Humphrey Ker, Graham Linehan
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6.51
41 votes

#15 - Jo Brand, Humphrey Ker, Graham Linehan

Season 43 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/20/2012

Popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jo Brand and guest panellists Humphrey Ker and Graham Linehan.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Alexander Armstrong, Nadine Dorries, Reginald D. Hunter
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6.51
35 votes

#16 - Alexander Armstrong, Nadine Dorries, Reginald D. Hunter

Season 43 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/11/2012

Popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Alexander Armstrong and guest panellists Nadine Dorries MP and Reginald D Hunter.

Directors: Lissa Evans
Alastair Campbell, Nick Hewer, Ross Noble
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6.65
37 votes

#17 - Alastair Campbell, Nick Hewer, Ross Noble

Season 43 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/1/2012

Alastair Campbell, best known for working with Tony Blair between 1997 and 2003, makes his much anticipated debut as guest host. Alan Sugar's right-hand man Nick Hewer and funnyman Ross Noble are the guest panellists.

Directors: Lissa Evans
Jeremy Clarkson, Nancy Dell'Olio, Kevin Bridges
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6.70
40 votes

#18 - Jeremy Clarkson, Nancy Dell'Olio, Kevin Bridges

Season 43 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/4/2012

Popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jeremy Clarkson and guest panellists including Nancy Dell'Olio and Kevin Bridges.

Directors: Lissa Evans
Charles Kennedy, Jan Ravens
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6.75
4 votes

#19 - Charles Kennedy, Jan Ravens

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/8/1992

Angus Deayton hosts the news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop and guest panellists Charles Kennedy and Jan Ravens.

Ronni Ancona, Stewart Lee, Andy Hamilton
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6.83
6 votes

#20 - Ronni Ancona, Stewart Lee, Andy Hamilton

Season 32 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/24/2006

Comedy quiz show that grills celebrity contestants on the week's news, with captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, panellists Stewart Lee and Andy Hamilton and host Ronni Ancona.

Kirsty Young, Max Keiser, Tony Law
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6.91
53 votes

#21 - Kirsty Young, Max Keiser, Tony Law

Season 46 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/1/2013

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Kirsty Young and guest panellists Max Keiser and Tony Law.

Directors: Lissa Evans
Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Jacob Rees-Mogg
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6.95
55 votes

#22 - Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Jacob Rees-Mogg

Season 47 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/16/2014

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Jo Brand and guest panellists Kevin Bridges and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Stephen Mangan, Zoe Lyons, Rev. Richard Coles
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6.97
30 votes

#23 - Stephen Mangan, Zoe Lyons, Rev. Richard Coles

Season 59 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/10/2020

Team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Stephen Mangan and panellists Zoe Lyons and the Rev. Richard Coles.

Richard Osman, Dan Snow, Mark Steel
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6.97
80 votes

#24 - Richard Osman, Dan Snow, Mark Steel

Season 46 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/11/2013

The popular news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Richard Osman and guest panellists Dan Snow and Mark Steel.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Jan Ravens, Martin Young
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7.00
11 votes

#25 - Jan Ravens, Martin Young

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/5/1990

Angus Deayton hosts the news quiz, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop and guest panellists Jan Ravens and Martin Young.

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