Have I got News For You (2010) TV
Benedict as guest presenter at one of the craziest quiz shows that the BBC had to offer.
Have I Got News For You is a British television show produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. Based on the BBC Radio 4 quiz show The News Quiz the hit show already started in 1990 and was presented by the British comedian Angus Deayton up to 2002.
After the retiring of Deayton guest presenters were used to bridge the gap, which turned out to be a great success and against the primary idea of a fixed presenter, the concept of guest presenters was maintained. The result was the well-known absurd, sometimes irreverent, satirical and incredibly funny quiz show with stories and comedy comments about the latest news of the previous day.
A total of 44 complete series have been broadcast, in the first ten years on BBC 2, from 2000 ongoing on BBC One. UKTV repeats the shows on-and-off-again. Have I Got News For You was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2011, a very special award as for the first time no single or double-act was honoured but a collective. A lot of famous celebrities did the guest presenting of the show such as William Shatner, Sir Roger Moore, Daniel Radcliffe – or Benedict Cumberbatch in the Episode 1/series 40, aired on 14th October 2010.
Benedict said about his appearance: „I’m very excited and honoured and, like a moth to the flame, I am terrified but cannot resist! I have watched the show since its inception, and my family and I used to make a routine TV date to relish. How could I resist the chance for the audience to witness my being shot down in flames by the wit of Merton and Hislop”.