Hislop at a Private Eye book signing in 2009
|Born||Ian David Hislop
13 July 1960
Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Magazine editor, Screenwriter, Journalist, Comedian, Columnist|
|Employer||Pressdram Ltd (Private Eye)|
|Known for||Private Eye
Have I Got News for You
|Spouse(s)||Victoria Hamson (m. 1988)|
|Children||Emily (b. 1990)
William (b. 1993)
You have a huge amount of confidence when you're younger, which slowly ebbs away for the rest of your life. You think: 'No problem. I can do that. Why shouldn't I do it?'
I've got a very peculiar sort of fame, based on being on the telly. It doesn't mean you have the lifestyle people expect.
My mother was a terrific force in my life. Wartime-generation woman, hadn't gone to university but should have done. Was very funny, very verbal, very clever, very witty.
No, there are no hard and fast rules about sources, no printed booklet to help journalists through.
It is no longer acceptable in British politics to be fat or eccentric or religious.
I've seen the Pokemon movie, which is probably the worst movie ever made on any subject ever.
I'd always assumed that I would die at about the same age as my dad – he was 45. I am five years in credit now. I can't get my head around the fact that I am older than he was – ever.
There's an awful lot of terrible television which I could do, but I mostly stick to Have I Got News for You.
You can't understand Twenties England until you appreciate it was under a cloud of mourning. Nearly everyone was grieving.
All the libel lawyers will tell you there's no libel any more, that everyone's given up.
They may well say not only is this not true, but I will put in an injunction to prevent publication. No, stories don't go in unless I'm convinced by the people who write them that they're true. And if I'm wrong, then so be it.
For a long time I thought I should be a civil engineer. That seemed to be the only thing worth doing, and I chose the wrong subjects at A-level. I read all the sciences to start with, and then had to admit, 'This isn't what I want to do' and changed course.
Internet journalism is not a world we know very well at all. It's conducted more on the screen and less in bars, which makes it rather less useful for getting stories about people throwing up over one another, which is what one's after.
I like making films about old people because they are repositories of amazing stories that they tell well. And they're incredibly good telly.
This job certainly doesn't win you a huge amount of friends, I accept that, but it is very enjoyable, and deep down I think it's probably quite a worthwhile job.