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List of Have I Got News for You presenters

Angus Deayton (right) was the original host from series 1 to 24 (1990–2002)

Have I Got News for You was originally presented by British comedian Angus Deayton between 1990 and 2002. Following a string of tabloid allegations about his personal life, he was dismissed in October 2002 after presenting two shows of the 24th series.[1] Regular team captain Paul Merton stood in as the host of the first episode following Deayton's departure,[2] following which the programme was presented by a different guest host each week (many of which have presented several editions of the show). This was initially intended as a short-term solution while producers were looking for a full-time replacement; however, having a different guest host each week proved successful, with average audience figures increasing from 6 million to 7 million.[3] It was therefore announced in June 2003 that this feature would continue. As of 9 June 2019, 114 people (not including Deayton himself) have presented, or co-presented, at least one episode of Have I Got News for You.

List of guest presentersEdit

 
Alexander Armstrong has made the most appearances as guest presenter having hosted 32 episodes.
 
Paul Merton, regular team captain, was the first guest host.
 
Jeremy Clarkson was the first person to make their first appearance on the show as a guest host.
 
Charlotte Church is the youngest person to present an episode, being 17 years old at the time.
 
John Torode and Gregg Wallace were the first co-hosts of an episode.[4]
 
Sir Roger Moore was the oldest person to present an episode, being 85 at the time.

The following is a list of the guest presenters in the order they first appeared. Many have previously appeared as guest panellists; apart from Merton, who continued his regular role as team captain after hosting the first post-Deayton episode, there are twelve other people who have appeared as a panellist after being a guest presenter: Clive Anderson, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke, Jimmy Carr, Jeremy Clarkson, Alan Johnson (both of whom subsequently appeared as a guest host again), Charles Kennedy, Richard Madeley, Richard Osman, Robert Peston, John Prescott and Liza Tarbuck. Of these, Clarkson, Johnson, Madeley and Prescott had not appeared as panellists before being guest presenters.

# Guest presenter Panellist No. Duration Series
1 Paul Merton Yes
1
2002 24
2 Anne Robinson Yes
1
2002 24
3 John Sergeant Yes
2
2002–03 24–25
4 Boris Johnson Yes
4
2002–03, 2005–06 24, 26, 30, 32
5 Liza Tarbuck Yes
1
2002 24
6 Charles Kennedy Yes
1
2002 24
7 Jeremy Clarkson Yes
12
2002, 2005–08, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 24, 29–31, 33–36, 39, 43–44, 47, 50
8 Martin Clunes Yes
11
2003, 2009–11, 2013–14, 2016–17 25–26, 38–40, 42, 46–48, 51, 54
9 William Hague No
3
2003–05 25, 27, 29
10 Charlotte Church Yes
2
2003, 2012 25, 44
11 Alexander Armstrong No
32
2003–18 25–27, 29–50, 52–56
12 Hugh Dennis Yes
1
2003 25
13 Sanjeev Bhaskar Yes
1
2003 25
14 Bruce Forsyth No
2
2003, 2010 25, 39
15 Jack Dee Yes
13
2003–09, 2011, 2014–15 26, 28, 30–31, 34–38, 41, 47–49
16 John Humphrys Yes
1
2003 26
17 Jimmy Carr Yes
1
2003 26
18 Kirsty Young Yes
13
2003–05, 2007–09, 2011–14, 2017 26–29, 33–35, 38, 42–43, 46–47, 53
19 Dara Ó Briain Yes
4
2003–05 26–27, 29
20 Gyles Brandreth Yes
1
2003 26
21 Greg Dyke Yes
1
2004 27
22 Des Lynam No
3
2004–05 27–29
23 Andrew Marr Yes
1
2004 28
24 Robin Cook No
1
2004 28
25 Jane Leeves No
1
2004 28
26 Marcus Brigstocke Yes
2
2004–05 28–29
27 Neil Kinnock Yes
1
2004 28
28 Ronnie Corbett No
1
2004 28
29 Nicholas Parsons No
1
2005 29
30 Michael Aspel No
2
2005, 2007 30, 34
31 Chris Langham Yes
1
2005 30
32 Anna Ford Yes
1
2005 30
33 Lorraine Kelly Yes
1
2005 30
34 Joan Collins No
1
2005 30
35 Trevor McDonald Yes
1
2006 31
36 Sean Lock Yes
1
2006 31
37 Julian Clary Yes
2
2006, 2008 31, 35
38 Michael Buerk Yes
1
2006 31
39 Carol Vorderman Yes
1
2006 31
40 Gordon Ramsay Yes
1
2006 32
41 Alistair McGowan No
1
2006 32
42 Jeremy Bowen Yes
1
2006 32
43 Damian Lewis No
6
2006, 2009–10, 2012, 2014 32, 37, 40, 43–44, 48
44 Ronni Ancona No
1
2006 32
45 Ann Widdecombe No
2
2006–07 32, 34
46 Rob Brydon No
1
2006 32
47 Adrian Chiles No
1
2007 33
48 Fern Britton Yes
2
2007–08 33, 36
49 Bill Bailey Yes
4
2007–09, 2011 33, 35, 38, 41
50 Chris Tarrant Yes
1
2007 33
51 Moira Stuart No
1
2007 33
52 Omid Djalili Yes
1
2007 34
53 Jo Brand Yes
22
2007–19 34, 36, 38–57
54 Clive Anderson Yes
1
2007 34
55 Richard Madeley Yes
1
2007 34
56 Brian Blessed No
2
2008, 2013 35, 45
57 Lee Mack No
6
2008–11, 2018 35, 37, 39–40, 42, 55
58 Tom Baker Yes
1
2008 36
59 Al Murray No
1
2008 36
60 David Mitchell Yes
11
2008–09, 2011–16, 2018 36–38, 42, 44, 46–48, 50, 52, 56
61 Jerry Springer No
1
2008 36
62 Frank Skinner Yes
6
2009–10, 2013–15, 2018 37, 40, 45, 48–49, 55
63 Rolf Harris No
1
2009 37
64 Ruth Jones No
1
2009 37
65 Miranda Hart Yes
3
2009–11 38, 40, 42
66 Dominic West No
1
2009 38
67 Robert Webb Yes
1
2010 39
68 Eamonn Holmes No
1
2010 39
69 John Prescott Yes
1
2010 39
70 Benedict Cumberbatch No
1
2010 40
71 John Bishop Yes
1
2010 40
72 Chris Addison Yes
1
2010 40
73 Stephen Mangan No
9
2011–17 41–43, 45, 47, 49, 51–52, 54
74 Rhod Gilbert No
4
2011, 2017–19 41, 54–55, 57
75 John Torode and Gregg Wallace No
1
2011 41
76 Alan Johnson Yes
2
2011, 2019 41, 57
77 Sharon Horgan No
1
2011 41
78 Dan Stevens No
1
2011 42
79 Sue Perkins Yes
3
2011, 2014–15 42, 48, 50
80 Kathy Burke Yes
3
2012–13, 2015 43, 46, 50
81 William Shatner No
1
2012 43
82 Alastair Campbell No
1
2012 43
83 Clare Balding Yes
1
2012 44
84 Sir Roger Moore No
1
2012 44
85 Jack Whitehall Yes
2
2012–13 44, 46
86 Daniel Radcliffe No
2
2012, 2015 44, 49
87 Warwick Davis No
1
2013 45
88 Ray Winstone No
1
2013 45
89 Mel Giedroyc No
3
2013, 2016–17 45, 52, 54
90 Robert Lindsay No
2
2013 45–46
91 Richard Osman Yes
1
2013 46
92 Stephen Merchant No
1
2013 46
93 Jennifer Saunders Yes
3
2014, 2018 47–48, 56
94 Victoria Coren Mitchell Yes
10
2014–19 48–57
95 Robert Peston Yes
1
2015 49
96 Gary Lineker No
4
2015–16, 2018 49, 51–52, 56
97 Charlie Brooker Yes
2
2015–16 50, 52
98 Michael Sheen No
1
2015 50
99 David Tennant No
5
2015–19 50–51, 54, 56–57
100 Tracey Ullman No
2
2016, 2018 51, 55
101 Frankie Boyle Yes
2
2016–17 51, 53
102 Katherine Ryan Yes
3
2016–17, 2019 51, 54, 57
103 Nick Clegg No
1
2016 52
104 Tom Hollander No
1
2016 52
105 Sir Patrick Stewart No
1
2017 53
106 David Harewood No
1
2017 53
107 Ed Balls No
1
2017 53
108 Adil Ray Yes
1
2017 53
109 Richard Ayoade No
4
2017–19 54–57
110 Jeremy Paxman No
1
2018 55
111 Steph McGovern Yes
2
2018–19 56–57
112 Danny Dyer No
1
2018 56
113 David Dimbleby No
1
2019 57

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Was the BBC right to sack Angus Deayton?". BBC Online. 4 November 2002. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Quiz host Deayton fired by BBC". BBC Online. 30 October 2002. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ "TV quiz denies Clunes is new host". BBC News. 29 April 2003. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  4. ^ Love, Ryan (21 April 2011). "MasterChef duo for Have I Got News For You". Digital Spy. Retrieved 27 April 2011.

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