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Have I Got News For You: Date, time, host and why was it previously pulled?

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Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are back for series 61 (Picture: BBC/Hat Trick/Ray Burmiston)

One of the longest-running comedy shows on TV is back tonight, with Have I Got News For You set to air on BBC One.

The popular panel show will see team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop return, bringing a sideways look at the news headlines.

It’s the 62nd series of the topical show, having aired for the first time back in 1990.

There are other familiar faces set to appear over the course of the next few weeks as the series returns for the first time since the summer.

Here’s everything you know about the new series.

When does Have I Got News For You return?

The 61st series begins on BBC One tonight (October 8) at 9pm.

Who is hosting Have I Got News For You tonight?

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The actor will make his 13th appearance on the show (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)

Joining Paul and Ian on tonight’s show is Stephen Mangan, who has hosted the programme 12 times before.

He’ll be joined by guest panellists Ross Noble and Ria Lina.

The second episode airing on October 15 wil see Alexander Armstrong present alongside guests Mishal Husain and comedian Geoff Norcott.

Why was Have I Got News For You previously pulled?

An episode of the panel show was pulled back in 2019, over fears that inviting Change UK leader Heidi Allen to guest host would breach election impartiality rules.

The BBC said it would have been ‘inappropriate’ for the politician to appear on the programme, and announced it had been removed from the scheduled shortly before it had been due to air.

Ms Allen left the Conservatives alongside colleagues Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston earlier in 2019 to join Change UK in 2019.

Have I Got News For You airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One. It will then be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

 


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