Dominic Cummings accused of 'lying' by Ian Hislop
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The first episode of Mr Hislop’s new Channel 5 show Trains That Changed The World airs tonight at 9pm, and sees the satirist tell the stories behind the most important trains in history and the way they impacted world. Tonight’s episode, the first of the four-part series, will look at the historical impact of the locomotives during the Industrial Revolution. With the help of historians, rail experts and piles of archive footage, Mr Hislop will take the story on through to the introduction of the Intercity 125, Japan’s bullet trains, and on to France’s TGV.
In fact, the series also reveals how four British-built trains revolutionised rail travel and acted as a source of inspiration all over the world.
Mr Hislop says: “For over 200 years trains have changed our lives.
“They reshaped our towns and cities with ground-breaking engineering.
“They have changed the way we work, even the way we holiday.”
Indeed, Mr Hislop, an ardent Remainer, is the editor of Private Eye and has been a team captain on the BBC quiz show Have I Got News for You since the programme’s inception in 1990.
In an impassioned 2016 rant on BBC’s Question Time Mr Hislop said: “I can see the reaction in a couple of the rows there – ‘whinging metropolitan loser, can’t bare it.’
“After an election or a referendum even if you lose the vote you are entitled to carry on making the argument.”
Speaking upon David Cameron’s resignation as Prime Minister, Mr Hislop added: “When a Government in this country wins an election, the opposition does not just say, ‘Oh that’s absolutely right, I have got nothing to say’ for five years.
“So those of us who are trying fairly hard to find out what on earth is actually happening in this country, the Leave vote has left us with a group of leaders who, having lit the fire, have all run away saying someone else can clear up the mess and the Prime Minister who put us in the mess has resigned.
“Everybody is gone, all the people that put their cross down to leave saying this is what we want seem to be getting a group of people telling them ‘we can’t stop immigration, we can’t get £350million, oh and by the way ,there might be quite a lot of austerity.’”
Mr Hislop is frequently vocal about his opposition to Brexit and Boris Johnson and even describing himself as a “Remoaner” in 2018 when asked on The Andrew Marr Show.
Yet despite the satirist’s political leanings, Boris Johnson has featured on the Have I Got News For You seven times and endeared himself to viewers.
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In the Prime Minister’s first appearance in 1998, as a journalist, he was asked about a notorious episode in which he was secretly recorded offering to help a friend find a reporter’s address whom the friend wanted to beat up.
Mr Johnson said: “I’m not ashamed of it.”
He was then asked: “What are you not ashamed of there, Boris?”
The now-Prime minister added: “Whatever there is not to be ashamed of.”
The audience howled with laughter.
Though a number of people have speculated whether the show is responsible for Mr Johnson’s subsequent success, Mr Hislop has dismissed the idea.
In a New York Times interview he said: “If we ask someone on and people like them, that is up to people.
“If in 10 years’ time, the country is falling apart due to the fact Jess Phillips has moved violently to the left and totally screwed everything up, there will be people who’ll say, ‘She’s only popular because she was on “Have I Got News for You.”’
Watch Channel 5’s Trains That Changed The World tonight at 9pm.
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