Alexander Armstrong will be reunited with comedy partner Ben Miller in a new series of Armstrong and Miller next week, but before then he’s to host another edition of Have I Got News For You. Tonight’s appearance as guest presenter on the panel show will be Armstrong’s tenth, a record for the long-running comedy favourite. But just because he’s done it before, doesn’t mean he’s grown complacent: “It doesn’t get any easier” admits Armstrong.
“It depends what mood team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are in. Paul can be rather waspish and give you a rough ride. In one show I hosted Paul and comic Ross Noble were determined not to win a single point and they made it very hard work for me. Maybe they’ll be nice to me this time and I think I deserve an award for creating the record.” Award or not, Armstrong has definitely proven himself as the viewer’s favourite guest host since the departure of Angus Deayton. Seems almost a shame that he doesn’t do it every week.
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