When does Have I Got News For You series 54 start on BBC One and who’s guest hosting with Paul Merton and Ian Hislop?

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IT has not exactly been a quiet summer in news and politics.

With topics like Donald Trump, Brexit, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and North Korea, the panellists on Have I Got News For You will certainly not be short of talking points. Here’s all the info on the latest series of the long-running show…

 Ian Hislop and Paul Merton have been fixtures on Have I Got News For You ever since it launched

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Ian Hislop and Paul Merton have been fixtures on Have I Got News For You ever since it launched

When is Have I Got News For You on TV?

Have I Got News For You returns to BBC One THIS Friday (October 6) at 9pm on BBC One.

This week’s guest host will be comedian and Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong.

Among some of the most notable guest presenters are Boris Johnson, Jeremy Clarkson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lorraine Kelly and Anne Robinson.

The show goes up against Gardeners’ World on BBC Two, Cold Feet on ITV, Gogglebox on Channel 4 and A Celebrity Taste of Italy on Channel 5.

What is Have I Got News For You?

The series is a comedy quiz show that grills celebrity contestants on the week’s headlines.

It was originally hosted by Angus Deaton, but since 2002 has used a different guest host each week after Deaton left the show.

It launched in 1990 with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, who are still the captains now.

Hislop is the only person to have appeared on every single episode of the show – he once battled through a show despite suffering from appendicitis and needed to rush hospital straight after.

The new series will be the 54th in its history.

 Paul Merton is one of the team captains on the BBC One comedy quiz show

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Paul Merton is one of the team captains on the BBC One comedy quiz show

Who is Have I Got News For You team captain Ian Hislop?

Ian Hislop was born on July 13, 1960.

He is a British journalist, satirist, writer, broadcaster and editor of the magazine Private Eye.

He is well known for appearing on radio and television programmes to voice his opinion and also act as a commentator on media issues.

Who is Have I Got News For You team captain Paul Merton?

Paul Merton was born July 9, 1957.

He is an English writer, actor, comedian, radio and television presenter.

As well as being team captain on Have I Got News For You, he was also on Room 101 and Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Paul also appears as a panellist on Radio 4’s Just a Minute.

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