The former Question Time host will front the long running topical series for the first time.

“It is an intriguing invitation. 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.” – David Dimbleby

The first episode of the brand new series of Have I Got News For You 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

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

The new series comprising of nine episodes will air weekly on Friday nights from April 5th 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 the 8th of April.

David Dimbleby, 80, presented the weekly political series Question Time from 1994 up until last year. He’s the elder brother of fellow broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, the sons of  Richard Dimbleby who was the BBC’s first war correspondent, and then its leading TV news commentator.

Have I Got News For You began in 1990 with originally Angus Deyton as the regular host. Following a scandal in his private life he has been replaced with on-going guest presenters since 2002.

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