Captain's Log, Stardate: 09.05.2012. William Shatner is to host Have I Got News for You for the very first time later this month.
The former James T Kirk will appear on the topical comedy show alongside guests Andy Hamilton and Charlie Brooker, as well as regular panellists Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.
Shatner expressed enthusiasm for his latest job and also professed to enjoy the trappings of British comedy. In a statement he said: “English sense of humour is different from American sense of humour. Luckily I'm Canadian.”
Having found fame as the captain of the USS Enterprise during the 1960s, Shatner went on to enjoy a rich and varied career in which he turned his hands to everything from starring in the award-winning comedy series Boston Legal to releasing three cult music albums.
Along the way, he won two Emmys and a Golden Globe award and earned a star on Hollywood’s walk of fame.
The episode of Have I Got News for You with Shatner in the chair will be broadcast on Friday 25 May at 9pm.