Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop


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Ian Hislop came to national prominence as a regular panellist and team captain; on BBC TV’s ‘ Have I got News for you’. His funny observations on the weekly news, plus highlighting the hypocrisy in our politicians and statesman amused many a viewer. Ian’s style played well against opposing captain Paul Merton’s, witty comments which helped make the programme a great success.

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Where It Began

Ian Hislop was born in Mumbles, South Wales educated at Ardingly College and then Magdalen College, Oxford. He graduated with a degree in English literature in 1981. He became a writer, Journalist and in particular a satirist writing for a number of magazines and newspapers.

Ian Hislop: TV Career

Ian began his TV career as a scriptwriter for Spitting Image; and went on to write sketches for Harry Enfield and television plays for Maureen Lipman and Dawn French. He has co-written the ground-breaking family sitcom, My Dad’s the Prime Minister. In 1986 he became editor Private Eye; taking over the helm from Richard Ingrams and steering it to ever greater commercial success. In his role as editor of Private Eye; Ian has the dubious distinction of being the most sued man in British legal history.

Award Winning Loser

He is known to millions as the losing team captain on Have I Got News For You? Which has won numerous awards including a BAFTA for Best Light Entertainment. He is available for corporate after dinner speeches.

Ian Hislop has made countless radio appearances, as a panellist, essayist and presenter. Credits include: The News Quiz and Fourth Column; as well as series on the history of tax, the Victorians and church architecture. In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. Ian was honoured to receive the British Society of Magazine Editor’s highest award, The Editor’s Editor.

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