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Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop is a writer and broadcaster and has been editor of Private Eye since 1986. He has been a columnist for The Listener and The Sunday Telegraph, and TV critic for The Spectator. As a scriptwriter with Nick Newman, his work includes five years on Spitting Image, Harry Enfield and Chums, and My Dad’s the Prime Minister, as well as the film and play A Bunch of Amateurs. He has written and presented many documentaries for TV and radio including: Radio 4’s The Real Patron Saints, A Brief History of Tax, Are We Being As Offensive As We Might Be, Lord Kitchener’s Image, The Six Faces of Henry VIII and I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. He also presented TV’s Great Railway Journeys – East to West, Scouting for Boys, Not Forgotten, Ian Hislop Goes Off The Rails, Ian Hislop’s Changing of the Bard, Age of the Do-Gooders, When Bankers Were Good, Stiff Upper Lip: An Emotional History of Britain, Ian Hislop’s Olden Days and Victorian Benefits: Workers and Shirkers. He has appeared frequently on Question Time and since 1990 has been team captain on BBC’s Have I Got News For You – which has won many awards including the BAFTA for Best Comedy 2016. Most recently he and Nick Newman wrote the critically acclaimed 2016 Radio 4 comedy drama Trial By Laughter. In 2016 their play The Wipers Times was premiered and had a successful run at The Watermill Theatre, before a sell-out tour and transfer to the West End.


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