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The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' (2002)

Compilation of classic moments and unseen outtakes from the first 23 series (1990-2002) of the popular BBC comedy show.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angus Deayton ... Himself - Host
Ian Hislop Ian Hislop ... Himself / Team Captain
Paul Merton ... Himself / Team Captain
David Aaronovitch David Aaronovitch ... Himself (archive footage)
Douglas Adams ... Himself (archive footage)
Clive Anderson Clive Anderson ... Himself (archive footage)
Helen Atkinson Wood ... Herself (archive footage)
Danny Baker Danny Baker ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Baker ... Himself (archive footage)
Baz Bamigboye Baz Bamigboye ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Banks Tony Banks ... Himself (archive footage) (as Tony Banks MP)
Stephen Bayley Stephen Bayley ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Blackwood Richard Blackwood ... Himself (archive footage)
Jennie Bond Jennie Bond ... Herself (archive footage)
Frank Bough Frank Bough ... Himself (archive footage)


Compilation of classic moments and unseen outtakes from the first 23 series (1990-2002) of the popular BBC comedy show.

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13 years, 23 series... All the best moments


Comedy | Game-Show







Release Date:

25 November 2002 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Brixton, London, England, UK

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Hat Trick Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


In the DVD commentary with Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, they burst out laughing when they see Angus Deayton's curtains haircut at the beginning of the first series in 1990. See more »


Angus Deayton: The word spelled wrong was 'vocabulary', in fact. And so, for an extra point, how do you spell it?
Sheila Hancock: Vocabulary. V-O-C-A-B-U-L-A-R-Y.
Angus Deayton: Uh, no, I'm afraid you've fallen for the oldest schoolboy joke in the world...
Paul Merton: I-T?
Angus Deayton: ...you actually spell 'it', I-T.
Sheila Hancock: [groans] Oh, I-T... Oh, please! Oh... that is pathetic!
Paul Merton: Sheila Hancock's a respected actress! You drag her along here and go "How do you spell 'it'?"! She's a respected actress!
Ian Hislop: You're meant to be Jeremy Paxman, not Jeremy Beadle!
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References The Prisoner (1967) See more »

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An fitting tribute to one of Britains BEST comedy shows
29 January 2003 | by DibbySee all my reviews

At last. The good people at the BBC have decided to release a compilation DVD for, perhaps, Britains finest comedy show. Not only were its panelists spot on with issues surrounding current affairs, but they delt with it in such an amazing satirical way, that even the hard nosed conservatives found it funny in places.

Spanning 12 years and 22 series(as of 2002), this show has earned a place as Britains longest running comedy show. And its not hard to see why. The regulars comprising of Team Captain #1 (IAN HISLOP), Team Captain #2 (PAUL MERTON) and host (ANGUS DEATON), welcome a 2 guest each episode to mull over the weeks current news affairs. WIth the guest list reading like a Who's Who of Brittish tabloid, each show (since 1990) is kept amazingly fresh. Paul Merton remains unbeleivabley hilarious and, haircuts aside, hasnt changed his surreal/spot on humour. It seems this man gets funnier with age. Ian Hislop, for me evokes a sense of awe, with his anarchic brand of comedy and political awareness directing the show, the way it needs to go. Finally Angus Deaton (there is no other person capable of taking his place) anchors the show SO well (forget the fact he is reading from an auto-cue), ad-libbing fantastically, when appropriate.

The DVD has several extras, but the pick being the audio commentary from Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, which has them recalling each episode and era. They are both on top gag cracking form ,and it fills you with weird sense of chivallry, as you here them getting on like two school kids.

As a plea to the BBC, either get Angus back....or kill this amazing, definative comedy.

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