Have I Got News for You

Will politics ignite a new golden age of TV satire?

The disruptive, combative political landscape created by Brexit and the election of Donald Trump is, on the face of it, a gift for UK television satirists and their venerable tradition of biting and often brutal parody.

While Theresa May’s blandness may do little to whet a satirist’s appetite, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage bring larger-than-life personas to Brexit. And Trump is, well, Trump.

This week's top TV: 30 November - 6 December

Alex Polizzi in San Vito on her trip around Italy's islands

Monday

Live at the Apollo

BBC Two

10pm


Romesh Ranganathan presents Live at the Apollo
(Credit: BBC / Open Mike / Ellis O'Brien)

Romesh Ranganathan hosts the latest episode of BBC Two’s flagship stand up show.

This week he’s joined by Canada’s Stewart Francis, known for his masterful one liners, and Perrier Award nominee Jason Byrne.

Profile: Jimmy Mulville, MD and Co-Founder of Hat Trick Productions

Jimmy Mulville

If you haven’t heard of Jimmy Mulville, the co-founder and managing director of Hat Trick, you will have heard of his shows.

Have I Got News for You, Father Ted and Outnumbered are among the slew of hits the independent production company has made since Mulville co-founded Hat Trick with his future ex-wife Denise O’Donoghue and Rory McGrath in 1986.