It’s Classic Clip Friday: Have I Got News For You – A Tub Of Lard

The BBC’s comedy topical news quiz Have I Got News For You returns tonight for its 37th season (it began in September 1990 and, for those keeping count, tonight’s episode is #309).

To mark the occasion, this week’s Classic Clip Friday celebrates one of the defining moments from the show’s early days (June 4, 1993, to be precise).

To set it up for those who are not aware of what happened, corpulent Labour politician Roy Hattersley (right, in Spitting Image form) was due to be one of the guests, alongside host Angus Deayton and team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, but pulled out of at the last minute – the third time he had done so.

This left the furious producers to, yet again, try to find a replacement at very short notice…

Here are the edited highlights of the show that followed:


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