Alastair Campbell to host Have I Got News For You


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The former Downing Street spin doctor Alastair Campbell is to make his debut as a host on satirical panel show Have I Got News For You.

He will be among nine guest presenters for the BBC1 show when it returns to Friday evenings on April 13 for its 43rd series.

The programme has continued with a flow of different hosts since Angus Deayton left the hot seat in 2002.

Campbell, 54, has regularly come in for mockery on the series from team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton during his years as Tony Blair's director of communications and beyond.

The new series will also see returning hosts such as actors Stephen Mangan and Damian Lewis, TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, and comics Jo Brand and Alexander Armstrong.

The series will again include extended repeats - Have I Got A Bit More News For You - to be screened on a Sunday.

Since Deayton left the show in 2002, its hosts have been an illustrious mixture of comedy's great and good; click HERE to view our pick of the faces to grace the centre seat