At the end of April two chairs in Westminster will await the arrival of Tony Hall, incoming director general of the BBC, and Chris Patten, chairman of the corporation's trust. The two lords, Baron Hall of Birkenhead and Baron Patten of Barnes, have been invited to perform their first public double act to a parliamentary select committee.
Hall leaves the Royal Opera House this week to return to the BBC, where he once ran the news operation, as a potential saviour. He has been appointed at a low point in the corporation's history, in the middle of an industrial dispute, following the brief tenure of George Entwistle and all the horror of Jimmy Savile's crimes.
The big question is whether Hall should play it safe or boost morale by taking risks.