Paul Merton

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‘Constantly stunning and invigorating’ – Paul Merton and Suki Webster on campervan touring
The married comedians on the great views, friendly folk – and friendlier sheep – encountered on their tour of England and Wales for a new TV series

Lorna Parkes

06, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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In brief: Funny Ha Ha; Under Occupation; Jog On – review
Paul Merton’s favourite funny stories, Alan Furst’s gripping second world war thriller, and Bella Mackie on how jogging saved her life

Alexander Larman

01, Dec, 2019 @3:00 PM

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Hancock film fracas tale is a work of fiction | Letter
Letter: William Humble, the writer of a BBC film about Tony Hancock, says a claim that he was punched to the floor by Ray Galton at a party is not true

Letters

25, Sep, 2019 @5:07 PM

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Paul Merton on Hancock's Hollywood half-hour – and his own movie dreams
Tony Hancock’s two leading film roles are a reminder of the extremes of his comic genius. Paul Merton talks about the legacy of his hero – and how comedy is too coarse today

Catherine Shoard

20, Sep, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Aladdin review – deadpan dame Paul Merton leads panto supergroup
Magician Pete Firman conjures up laughs, while Blue singer Lee Ryan joins the fun in this uplifting 3D panto

Paul Fleckney

24, Dec, 2018 @2:21 PM

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Have I got news for women? Not really. We already know men make the best clowns | Catherine Bennett
No wonder female MPs steer clear of a TV show that celebrates smirking buffoonery

Catherine Bennett

08, Apr, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Ian Hislop and Paul Merton under fire for female host remarks
Have I Got News For You captains said women were too modest or reticent to present the BBC show

Caroline Davies

03, Apr, 2018 @5:46 PM

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So female politicians don’t want to host HIGNFY? There’s a very good reason
The implication that women are too cowardly to host the quiz show is ridiculous – they’re busy in a ceaseless battle against trivialisation

Zoe Williams

03, Apr, 2018 @1:49 PM

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Women too modest to host Have I Got News For You, Hislop claims
BBC show’s team captains say low number of guest slots given to female politicians is because they refuse to appear

Caroline Davies

02, Apr, 2018 @11:01 PM

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When good TV goes bad: how Have I Got News for You shot itself in the foot
Hislop, Merton and Deayton made a formidable trio – but the bond was broken when the captains turned on their host. The show hasn’t been the same since

James Donaghy

17, Jul, 2017 @12:00 PM

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'Booed off in 17 seconds' – comedians recall their first gigs
Shappi Khorsandi felt as if she’d walked on the moon. Isy Suttie watched a man change a dressing on a wound as she spoke. Omid Djalili fell off the stage. So how did the first gigs of Paul Merton, Susan Calman and other top comics go?

Chris Wiegand and Anna Menin

01, Aug, 2016 @6:00 AM

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Paul Merton’s Secret Stations review – a gentle, absurd travelogue
The comedian drinks magic water and wears rubber gloves as he pootles around on the railways. Plus, retracing The Silk Road – the internet of its day

Sam Wollaston

02, May, 2016 @6:20 AM

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