Ian Hislop is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has been editor of Private Eye since 1986. He has a working knowledge of defamation and privacy law, although his record in the courts suggests he is not an expert. He is probably best known for his role as a regular team captain on the BBC show Have I Got News for You. He has been a columnist for The Listener and The Sunday Telegraph, and television critic for The Spectator. He has written and presented documentaries for television and radio. He has received numerous awards, including a Channel 4 Political Award, for Political Comedy, and a Liberty Human Rights Award for Private Eye.
Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREEIn X Questions with... your favourite speakers will discuss ten questions submitted by the public. We would love you to submit a question for Ian Hislop in advance via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This event will be held at the Storage Works Speakers Corner tent.
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We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.
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Festival favourite Ian Hislop will discuss with Charlie Higson his new play ‘Spike’ written with Nick Newman, drawing heavily on recently released correspondence between the BBC and Milligan, who, as the chief writer for the Goons, was the creative force behind the cult 1950s radio show, which also starred Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine. Milligan’s role during the Second World War will be examined as Hislop delves into the inner workings of the mind of one our most unique and irreverent comedy minds. Pushing the boundaries of comedy as well as the patience of the BBC, Spike Milligan should be recognised as the true father of modern satire.
Our ever-popular comedy history panel show returns with Fast Show comedian and author Charlie Higson as quizmaster. We are delighted that Have I Got News for You team captain Ian Hislop is back to face our other team captain Dan Snow. Devised by Justin Pollard from AI, there will be sixty minutes of quickfire historical humour with new rounds and challenges for the teams providing another hilarious Friday evening at the festival.