18 March 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jennifer Saunders will be the first guest host in the new series of Have I Got News For You.

The Absolutely Fabulous presenter will be at the helm on Friday, April 4, when the show returns to BBC One.

Saunders appeared for the first time on the politics show in 2013 as a guest and will return this time in the hot seat, alongside team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

"It's thrilling to have worked up the courage to take on Have I Got News For You and I shall pitch myself somewhere safely between Kirsty Young and Kathy Burke," said Saunders.

Have I Got News For You's 47th series will be a nine-episode run.

Further hosts and guests will be announced soon. »

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