Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit ...
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Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit of laughs. Hosted by Deayton, with team captains Hislop (magazine columnist) and Merton (comedian) joined by, typically, a comedian and a politician, journalist or news figure - although an absent Labour politician was once famously replaced by a tub of lard! Regular rounds of Caption Competition, Odd One Out, What Happened Next and Missing Words are interspersed with running jokes: Deayton's senile mother, Hislop's Jimmy Somerville impersonation, the firm belief that all politicians are crooks...Written by
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Ian Hislop sat through the 2 June 1994 recording of the show with appendicitis, having discharged himself from hospital. He had an appendectomy straight after the show. See more »
Paul Merton ridicules Ian Hislop for suggesting a "Feathery Snake", forgetting that the God Quetzalcoatl was a Feathery Snake. See more »
Reginald D. Hunter:
I often start talking in a Southern American accent. I was talking to this lady the other night and she found out I was a comedian and said "Oh, what do you know about Tommy Cooper", and I said "He dead". She said "Sorry, I must be terribly British and correct your grammar, I think you'll find it's "He died"". I said "At first he died, but now he dead!"
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Repeats shown weeks or months after original broadcast are often re-titled "Have I Got Old News For You". See more »
Once upon a time this was the most fantastic satirical news show. As it aged it gradually got tired of itself and degenerated to a point that it is no longer recognisable. There isn't any smart satire any more, it is just cheap digs at politicians, occasional rude words, penis references and forced jokes about meme pictures read out by a string of guest hosts.
Losing Angus Deayton was the beginning of the end for the show but in more recent years it has taken a much more significant nose dive in quality. The current state of world politics and clickbait journalism should lend itself to good satire, that they can't manage anything beyond 'Trump is stupid', 'Tories are evil' is just a waste of air time.
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