Dimbleby to host Have I Got News For You

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Veteran Question Time presenter, David Dimbleby, is to host the first episode of the new series of humorous topical news quiz Have I Got News For You.

Sadly, it’s just a one-off, according to the BBC, which said the first episode of the brand news series will air on BBC One at 9pm on Friday 5 April.

The episode “will see journalist and broadcaster David Dimbleby make his HIGNFY guest presenting debut, in what will also be his first presenting role on the BBC since retiring from his role as chair of Question Time” the BBC said.

“It is an intriguing invitation”, the BBC quoted Dimbleby as saying. “When chairing Question Time I became used to dealing with difficult panellists - but Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are another matter. 

“They have turned disruptive subversion into an art form. It will be quite a challenge to keep the show on the road but whatever happens it will be fun.”

Strictly winner Stacey Dooley joins panel

Joining Dimbleby and regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop as the opening episode’s guest panelists will be journalist and documentary filmmaker - and Strictly Come Dancing winner - Stacey Dooley and comedian Henning Wehn.

The new series will consist of nine episodes, the BBC said, and will air weekly on Friday nights from 5 April at 9pm. The extended version of the programme, Have I Got A Bit More News For You, will air on Mondays on BBC One, from 8 April.

Have I Got News For You is produced by Hat Trick Productions for BBC One. The Series Producer is Jo Bunting, the Producer is Mike Rayment, the Executive Producer is Richard Wilson and the Executive Producer for the BBC is Pinki Chambers.

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