Star Trek icon William Shatner is to take the helm of BBC One’s Have I Got News For You later this month.
Famed for his roles as Captain Kirk, TV cop T.J Hooker and Denny Crane in The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal, Shatner will appear on the May 25th edition alongside team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton and guest panellists Andy Hamilton and Charlie Brooker.
Commenting on his upcoming appearance Mr Shatner said: “English sense of humour is different from American sense of humour. Luckily I’m Canadian.”
Other hosts and guests confirmed for the remaining shows in the current series are: Alexander Armstrong – a record-breaking 20th time in the chair – with guests comedian Reginald D Hunter and outspoken Tory MP Nadine Dorries (programme 5); BAFTA nominated actress and comedienne Kathy Burke with defeated Labour mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone and actor and comedian Joe Wilkinson (programme 6) and the much-anticipated hosting debut of Alastair Campbell with Alan Sugar’s right-hand man Nick Hewer and funnyman Ross Noble as guest panellists (programme 8).
In the final programme of this series on Friday 8 June, writer, broadcaster and poker player Victoria Coren and Greg Davies, probably best known as Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners, will be joined by Kirsty Young, her 11th appearance in the host chair.