David Dimbleby is set to guest present
Have I Got News For You for the first time when the new series
launches in April.
It will mark the former Question Time
host’s first presenting gig on the BBC since he retired from the
flagship BBC One political show last December.
The broadcaster will be joined for the
opening episode by regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian
Hislop, along with guest panellists Stacey Dooley and comedian
“It is an intriguing invitation,” said
Dimbleby. “When chairing Question Time I became used to dealing
with difficult panellists – but Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are
“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.”
Dimbleby stepped down from Question
Time in December 2018 after having been at the helm of the show
for 24 years. BBC News and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona
Bruce took up the hosting role in January this year.