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Have I Got News For You just had it’s best ever series for female representation (but it could have been so much better) #hignfy

My spreadsheet of HIGNFY guests and guest hosts broken down by gender is now complete for the end of series 48. The good news is that as well as featuring the first show with all-female guests since 1997 (and the first time ever…

Welcome to The Hate Channel, it’s TV the way you hate it

As part of my long-running scheme to become insanely rich while doing as little work as possible, I had another brilliant idea that will surely make me loads of money if someone else is willing to do all the work and then pay…

Is #HIGNFY about to achieve some sort of gender balance?

I noted a couple of weeks ago that Have I Got News For You had made a little bit of history a fortnight ago with its first ever episode with more women onscreen than men. I don’t know if we’ll have to wait…

Sexism on game shows: it’s not just on Have I Got News For You #HIGNFY

Coming next, I’ll have articles about how water is wet, and an exclusive reveal of just what bears are getting up to in forested areas so I can have equally shocking headlines for you. As you’ll probably know, I’ve been doing my spreadsheet…

Have I Got News For You makes history – but far too late #HIGNFY

Have I Got News For You has been on the air for twenty-four years, and last night it managed to do something it’s never done before. For the first time ever last night, the majority of people on screen for an episode of…

5 Things Nick Clegg Could Learn From Peter Capaldi

Doctor Who returns to BBC One tonight with the first full appearance of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor. It’s been noted many times that Liberal Democrats tend to be bigger fans of Doctor Who – and SF in general – than members of other…

The Man In The High Castle on Amazon TV?

I wrote a few years ago about the BBC’s plans to adapt Philip K Dick’s classic novel The Man in the High Castle for TV. As with so many TV projects, it seems that fell through but news has now come out that…

Gender bias on Have I Got News For You – spreadsheet updated

I uploaded my spreadsheet of Have I Got News For You guests broken down by gender after the last series, then today realised I’d forgotten to upload the new version. So, that’s now uploaded – and here it is. I guess if you’re…

The end of all-male panels on the BBC?

Quick trivia question: What connects Richard Osman, Dan Snow and Mark Steel? They’re the last all-male line-up of guests on Have I Got News For You, if Danny Cohen delivers on his promise: “We’re not going to have panel shows on any more…

Gender bias on Have I Got News For You – updated

I was reminded about this by a Twitter conversation this morning, and realised that I hadn’t updated my spreadsheet about the gender of guests on Have I Got News For You since the last series ended. That the last series was pretty underwhelming…

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