Have I Got News For You
Friday, 17 April 2015
I’m hosting Have I Got News For You again tonight (9pm, BBC One). Guests are John Prescott (with Paul) and Alun Cochrane (with Ian).
We recorded it late last night, after the election debate, and it was an interesting recording - there was some incredible tension between Ian and Lord Prescott. Ian was certainly unafraid to “go to the difficult places”, which is an exciting thing to see after 25 years of that show. It really doesn’t get toothless and tame with time. My emotions as host were a quirky combination of “This will make some very watchable television” and “Oh God, this is socially awkward.” Which seems like the right sort of mix, for a satirical TV show.
Part of the issue seemed to be that Lord Prescott was perhaps anticipating a hard time: he seemed on the defensive. I was surprised; I would have thought that he (being one of the Big Beasts of modern politics, fairly beloved by the nation - even, for those who always disagreed with him politically, just as a familiar old face in a blander modern landscape - and now over in the Lords beyond the grip of Blair and Campbell) could relax and have fun on the programme. But he was being careful. Funny in places, but very careful. It makes me think there is truth to the rumour that he would be taking a Cabinet post in the event of a Labour victory. Hmm…..
Anyway, that was only for a section of the show. Other than that there was lots of the normal funny stuff - great lines from Paul, and some really good VT moments. Hope you enjoy it if you watch.