Back from a slightly bizare recording of Have I Got News for You, hosted by Jack Dee along with Clare Balding and Fred Macaulay.
I was in a bad mood as one of my own guests turned up late, so despite being right at the head of the queue, we ended up with indifferent seating – but at least with a clear view of the stage.
The recording was also about average, although as I have been spoilt by watching the incredible recordings with Tom Baker and Brian Blessed, maybe I am a tad jaded now?
However, the ending was utterly bizare, and it’ll be interesting to see how much is included in the final program.
Without giving too much of a spoiler, there was a standing ovation towards the end as an ironic response to a comment that one set of clapping was indifferent – leading to a round of clapping that, not unlike a Soviet era applause, went on for ages – then lead to the aforementioned standing ovation. Quite weird, and apparently the first time in the entire history of the program that such a thing has happened.
As usual, the recording session at the end was actually the best bit of the show, although they only show a few bits from that on the longer Saturday night version. A comment about Alan Johnson had me nearly scream in delight – although the lawyers also required a comment to be recorded about a certain celeb who presumably would object to something said during the main quiz about his Scottishness.
I’ll look forward to watching the final version to see how the editing was done.