Top positive review
on 31 December 2015
This satirical BBC news panel show has been a fixture of my Friday night television viewing for as long as they can remember, it's just so good. If you are unfamiliar with the programme's format, 'Have I Got News For You' basically grills a group of well-known celebrity contestants on the week's top stories and news, with a different presenter each time. The real beauty of it, is that nothing is scripted, and by having a different host every week, the individual brings their own personality to the proceedings, ensuring that each week's episode is different, and never dull.
On the first DVD of this two-disc collection, there are four complete episodes from the show, which are slightly extended from the original broadcast, including the famous one with London Mayor Boris Johnson, which is also presented as a double-length version (on the second disc). This is then followed by an hour of short clips, which feature other various presenters as diverse as Paul Merton, Anne Robinson, John Sergeant, Jeremey Clarkson, Charlotte Church, and Charles Kennedy.
As well as ''The Full Boris'', the second DVD contains some other very good bonus material, including specially recorded interviews with guest hosts Bruce Forsyth and William Hague, who reflect on their experiences of the programme and how they became involved. There is also another of this with the show's regulars Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. Both of these are extras are humorous, and insightful.
'Have I Got News For You' has become something of a national institution, and quite rightly so. I'd advise you buy this DVD, and you'll be able to enjoy the top-notch satire over and over.