Have we got news for Deayton?
Friday 21 April 1995
Have I Got News for You (10pm BBC2) is another case in point. Nine series, eight million viewers and a Bafta to boot, the satirical news quiz is firmly established as a televisual institution... Why should they change anything?
Well, I for one am tired of the arrogance that seeps from the screen every time Angus Deayton shows his face. Paul Merton's towering genius is, I suspect, solely responsible for most of the eight million, while Ian Hislop, at least, exercises the requisite cutting edge; but it is time for Deayton to go. The withering looks to camera, the tiresomely scripted links, the groaningly dull spat over advertising... all have become too much to stomach. So let us imagine that Deayton wraps up the current series with the words: "Which leaden humour brings me grinding to the end of my stint as presenter". Then the show takes the Rory Bremner route to Channel 4 and signs up Chris Morris as quiz master. Now that would be worth watching.
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