No democracy exists without the freedom to mock those at the top; satire is the cornerstone of a democratic state. That makes Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye and Have I Got News For You team-captain, a pretty important cog in the democratic machine.
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The 56-year-old actor joined team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton and guest panellists Camilla Long and Reginald D Hunter, but many viewers were highly critical of his hosting skills. At times stumbling to read the autocue, fans of the show took to ...View Complete Story
As it happened, Winstone was reading from cards while setting up gags for Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. Such is the function of the celebrity host. It's not his job, necessarily, to understand or care about what he might be reading, least of all if it ...View Complete Story
Ian Hislop , the Have I Got News For You team captain, was there to launch the Pride and Prejudice rose, a new species named after Jane Austen's novel, which was published 200 years ago this year. Sales of the rose, from Harkness Roses, a specialist ...View Complete Story