Fresh from the success of her BBC One sketch show, shape-shifting transatlantic comedy hero Tracey Ullman will tonight take charge of the long running satirical panel series Have I Got News For You. The edition marks 100 episodes of guest hosts following the axing of original presenter Angus Deayton in 2002.
“I am really looking forward to appearing on a national treasure.” – Tracey Ullman
The They Don’t Know singer will take the hot seat this evening (Friday 15th April) for the second episode of the brand new series, following last weeks return with Stephen Mangan at the helm.
Other hosts and guests confirmed for the 51st series of the show, which recently received its 24 th BAFTA nomination, will include: Outnumbered creator Andy
Hamilton, and BBC News anchor Clive Myrie; writer, broadcaster and poker player Victoria Coren Mitchell, stand-up Romesh Ranganathan, and comedy icon Eddie Izzard, fresh from his latest record-breaking 27 marathon runs for Sport Relief.
Others signed up for the run include Comedian and writer Jo Brand, who recently walked 135 miles from coast to coast, also for Sport Relief, actress and comedian Diane Morgan, aka Screenwipe’s ‘Philomena Cunk’, veteran journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil, Shakespearean actor and former Doctor Who David Tennant; controversial Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle; legendary England footballer and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker; Canadian comedian and actress Katherine Ryan; and Doc Martin star Martin Clunes.
Angus Deayton, who had hosted the news quiz since its first transmission in 1990, was dropped in 2002 by the beeb’s then Head of Entertainment Jane Lush who took the decision to axe Deayton following newspaper reports suggesting the presenter and actor, who had also appeared in BBC series such as One Foot In The Grave and KYTV, had indulged in cocaine use and alleged encounters with prostitutes.
“It was felt by all concerned that continued stories about Angus’s private life made him the subject of headlines, rather than commentating on them, and made his position as host of the topical satire programme untenable.” – BBC Statement on Angus Deayton, released in October 2002.
Team captains Paul Merton – who was the first guest host – and Ian Hislop have been with the programme since episode one.