James writes: Just a quick email to say that Ian McKellen was on current affairs, comedy quiz show ‘Have I Got News for You!’ on BBC1 last night. For those who missed it, it is repeated on BBC2 tonight at 2230 English time.

There were a few LOTR references including funny comparisons of English politicians and LOTR characters, McKellen reproducing his Gandalf voice for a double act performance with his team captain who did a hobbit voice, while most interestingly, McKellen says that there are gnomes in ROTK but “you can not see them because they are very small and there are too many to be able to count” and adds that 5 gnomes riding on squirrels kill an orc! (I think he was joking)