Alastair Campbell to make comedy panel show debut

Friday March 30, 2012

Alastair Campbell is to make his debut as a host on satirical panel show Have I Got News For You.

The former Downing Street spin doctor will be among nine guest presenters for the BBC One 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.

Alistair, 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.

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