Boris on HIGNFY

Last night I went to see HIGNFY being recorded, and it was Boris Johnson hosting again. Now, I'm not going to post as complete an account as previously, but sufficed to say it was good.... There is so much that will have to be cut, I think, to keep the lawyers happy. I won't relate it here but given the events of the day it should suffice to say that on several occasions Ian Hislop claimed that Paul Merton had received a Harrod's gift hamper...

Boris was on fine form as host, in his own inimitable style, though declarations that he was in charge lead to incredulity from the panel. To his credit, the retakes were quite minimal (though they didn't retake a bit on the odd one out where I'm pretty sure that Boris asked Paul and Emily to identify the odd one out - they were on different sides).

Sue Perkins was very good, and she managed to goad Boris into doing William Hague impersonations (which I hope William Hague will be amused by - the one he did after the credits ended up more like Jimmy Saville). Sue Perkins, for some reason, promised to do an impersonation of a Chechnan if he did Hague, she did not.... I'm actually quite pleased she didn't. Though she did do an impersonation of a tornado (the meteorlogical phenomenon) leading Boris to tell her that it was the other kind of tornado (causing him to stick his arms out aeroplane style).

Once again, we aren't visible on screen at all. People in next row were. Melissa over in Boris' office didn't manage to spot us, and so didn't say hello (and we didn't know what she looked like!)... though we think we saw Boris Junior in the audience (sat right in front of the audience camera for the zoom shot)

Emily Maitlis of Newsnight also appeared, and claims to have been the last person to see the Bishop of Southwark at a reception at the Irish Embassy before he 'got mugged' in an incident involving breaking into a car and throwing toys about....