Paul Merton

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Paul Merton: the comedian’s grandfather James Power was a British soldier turned revolutionary. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty

PAUL MERTON ON HIS IRISH REVOLUTIONARY GRANDFATHER, 30 YEARS OF HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, AND HIS NEW BOOK OF 80 FUNNY STORIES, SKETCHES AND SCRIPTS(...)

From Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall (2014), a film based on the true story of Jimmy Gralton, the only man ever deported from Ireland.

In 1943 the Minister of Pensions received a letter from a German prisoner of war camp franked with a swastika. The letter was from William Coman, a (...)

 The BBC  pulled the latest episode of Have I Got News For You after the broadcaster said it would have been ‘inappropriate’ for Change UK leader Heidi Allen to be a guest. Photograph: PA

The BBC pulled the latest episode of Have I Got News For You television show last night after the broadcaster decided it would have been “inappropriat(...)

Backlash:  Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. said  the lack of female  guest presenters on Have I Got News For You is because they do not want the job. Photograph:  Ian West/PA Wire

BBC quiz captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton have faced a backlash over claims female politicians were too reticent and modest to host Have I Got News(...)

 Ian Hislop (L) and Paul Merton (R) are captains on the BBC panel show. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

British comedian Paul Merton has said the lack of female MPs acting as guest presenters on Have I Got News For You is because they do not want the job(...)