SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Fiona takes Question Time job in her stride

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Fiona Bruce takes new Question Time host job in her stride as she goes jogging with her pet pooch in London

Fiona Bruce is limbering up for her new role as BBC One Question Time host, which she starts in January.

The television presenter was photographed jogging in London accompanied by her pet pooch, Molly.

Bruce, 54, who emerged as a frontrunner for David Dimbleby’s job after impressing at the auditions, intends to continue presenting news bulletins and co-hosting Antiques Roadshow, so she will need to keep extra fit for her new workload.

Her exercise regime comprises a 20-minute jog and 40 sets of squats, lunges, sit-ups and push-ups.

‘I regard exercise as a necessary evil to keep the weight off,’ she has said.

‘I think as I get older I want to stay reasonably fit and settled so that I can do the things I want to do.

Fiona Bruce is limbering up for her new role as BBC One Question Time host, which she starts in January (pictured with pet pooch Molly)

Bruce, 54, who emerged as a frontrunner for David Dimbleby’s job after impressing at the auditions, intends to continue presenting news bulletins and co-hosting Antiques Roadshow, so she will need to keep extra fit for her new workload


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‘Finally getting my 1st Dan certificate from Master Chan,’ says financier Johnson, who posted this image online of himself with his teacher. ‘Three years of early wake up calls were all worth it!’

Perhaps Max, 32, might pass on some of his moves to Boris, who is desperate to land a blow on Theresa May.

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Now, Kate has been ditched from the business they ran together. 

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