Thursday 19 September 2019

Angelina Jolie to take on ‘pressing issues’ as Today’s guest editor

Broadcasting titan David Dimbleby will also take over the reins of the programme over Christmas.

Angelina Jolie will guest edit Today over Christmas (Yui Mok/PA)
Angelina Jolie will guest edit Today over Christmas (Yui Mok/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Angelina Jolie has signed up for a new role – editing the Today programme.

The Hollywood star, 43, will take the reins of the flagship BBC show for a one-day stint during the festive period.

Outgoing Question Time host David Dimbleby, 80, will also guest edit, while the subject of “outer space” will be explored in a separate, theme-based instalment of the Radio 4 programme.

David Dimbleby is stepping down as host of Question Time (Richard Lewisohn/BBC)

The mother-of-six, actress and campaigner has already begun work on the morning news and current affairs show and will explore some of the “pressing issues of our time”.

Her spokeswoman said: “Angelina is grateful for this opportunity to draw on the BBC’s global expertise and network to explore practical solutions to a number of pressing issues of our time.

“She has already begun working with the Today programme team and is looking forward to engaging a broad and diverse range of voices in the programme.”

Last year, the Duke of Sussex was among the guest editors of the programme, interviewing his own father, the Prince of Wales, and former US president Barack Obama.

The Duke of Sussex guest edited Today last year (Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror)

Actress Carey Mulligan, comedian Sir Lenny Henry, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow and Professor Stephen Hawking have also previously steered the show for a Christmas special.

Other programmes on Radio 4 will include The Archers performs Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, in a separate slot from the regular soap.

Dame Diana Rigg, Sir Derek Jacobi and Natalie Dormer will also star in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology on the station.

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