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kernow1,473 posts since 18 Jan 2006
I would have thought it'd be easier just to take a six week break in the summer since the Australian soaps are filmed a lot further ahead.

Isn't there going to be little enough to show during the Summer? Shocked


They'll probably just repackage a few more old programmes and show them under new names to fill the gaps, which Channel 5 are pretty good at.
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VMPhil10,222 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I see they’ve started advertising HIGNFY, so it must be definitely coming back as planned.

I do wonder how they are going to fill not just one programme but the whole series though, even Brexit used to only dominate the first round, there used to be some other news.

It was announced as part of the 'BBC entertains the nation' press release

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Have I Got News For You is determined to make its usual Friday night show, for its 59th series on 3 April. The regulars will be sitting in their usual seats, come what may (although we can’t quite be sure where those seats will be). Paul will be using the wonders of modern technology and Ian Hislop will be using semaphore. Steph McGovern will be hosting the first show with guest, Miles Jupp and Helen Lewis.


Got to be honest… it sounds terrible. I know the show must go on and all, but with no audience and Paul and Ian appearing via FaceTime (at least, that's what I'm assuming from the text above) it just sounds like it will be unsettling rather than entertaining, especially if all they're going to talk about is the virus. I have a strong feeling I'll tune in to the first episode out of curiosity, and then not watch any more until things are back to normal.
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Stuart7,488 posts since 13 Oct 2003
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Got to be honest… it sounds terrible. I know the show must go on and all, but with no audience and Paul and Ian appearing via FaceTime (at least, that's what I'm assuming from the text above) it just sounds like it will be unsettling rather than entertaining, especially if all they're going to talk about is the virus. I have a strong feeling I'll tune in to the first episode out of curiosity, and then not watch any more until things are back to normal.

I don't think there is much room for topical satire at the moment. I suspect a cringeworthy first programme which will subsequently be pulled from the schedule.
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Steve Williams3,013 posts since 1 Aug 2008
I don't think there is much room for topical satire at the moment. I suspect a cringeworthy first programme which will subsequently be pulled from the schedule.


I don't. This reminds me of when Charlie Brooker stopped doing his Wipes because he was too busy, and people on the internet kept saying "Well, the news has been so bad this year it wouldn't have been very appropriate". But there was plenty of comedy around in World War II, much of it about the news, and however bad the current situation gets, the news surely isn't going to get as bad as it was then. People wanted comedy and they found joking about the situation very cathartic.

If you can do a comedy show during the Blitz, you can do one now. There's plenty to talk about, and be funny about, five minutes on Twitter will illustrate that. HIGNFY has been on air when there's been relentlessly grim news in the past, they managed it then.

It's like when James Brown, the former editor of Loaded, launched his lad mag Jack in 2002 and made great play over it being "the first post-9/11 men's magazine" because apparently the world had changed completely since 9/11. But it turned out lads just wanted bums and tits like they always had.
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VMPhil10,222 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I don't think there is much room for topical satire at the moment. I suspect a cringeworthy first programme which will subsequently be pulled from the schedule.


I don't. This reminds me of when Charlie Brooker stopped doing his Wipes because he was too busy, and people on the internet kept saying "Well, the news has been so bad this year it wouldn't have been very appropriate". But there was plenty of comedy around in World War II, much of it about the news, and however bad the current situation gets, the news surely isn't going to get as bad as it was then. People wanted comedy and they found joking about the situation very cathartic.

If you can do a comedy show during the Blitz, you can do one now. There's plenty to talk about, and be funny about, five minutes on Twitter will illustrate that. HIGNFY has been on air when there's been relentlessly grim news in the past, they managed it then.

It's like when James Brown, the former editor of Loaded, launched his lad mag Jack in 2002 and made great play over it being "the first post-9/11 men's magazine" because apparently the world had changed completely since 9/11. But it turned out lads just wanted bums and tits like they always had.

I actually completely agree with you. I always looked forward to Charlie Brooker’s Wipes more for the pisstakes of TV shows and stuff than the commentary on awful political news, and made a similar point on here at the time.


However I just feel like the format of this, which is going to be very strange and unsettling, will not make me laugh or feel any better but probably just feel worse.
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Jonwo (previously Jonwo87) 941 posts since 20 Sep 2007
I don't think there is much room for topical satire at the moment. I suspect a cringeworthy first programme which will subsequently be pulled from the schedule.


I don't. This reminds me of when Charlie Brooker stopped doing his Wipes because he was too busy, and people on the internet kept saying "Well, the news has been so bad this year it wouldn't have been very appropriate". But there was plenty of comedy around in World War II, much of it about the news, and however bad the current situation gets, the news surely isn't going to get as bad as it was then. People wanted comedy and they found joking about the situation very cathartic.

If you can do a comedy show during the Blitz, you can do one now. There's plenty to talk about, and be funny about, five minutes on Twitter will illustrate that. HIGNFY has been on air when there's been relentlessly grim news in the past, they managed it then.

It's like when James Brown, the former editor of Loaded, launched his lad mag Jack in 2002 and made great play over it being "the first post-9/11 men's magazine" because apparently the world had changed completely since 9/11. But it turned out lads just wanted bums and tits like they always had.


The Italian mayors bollocking their citizens is one example of a hilarious moment in the face of uncertainty and also when they announced that Dominic Raab was to be Acting PM if Boris caught the virus, the HIGNFY twitter account made a joke that if that doesn't make people stay at home, nothing will.