Nelson Mandela is to appear on spoof chat show The Kumars at No 42 after asking the BBC if he could take part in the series, according to a report.
Mr Mandela would be the Kumars' most prestigious guest so far
The former south African president became involved after approaching BBC Two controller Jane Root, The Mail on Sunday said.
Mr Mandela is said to be a big fan of the award-winning comedy starring Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal.
A BBC spokesman said the collaboration was "a distinct possibility".
He said he could not confirm the report but there was "a good chance" of the show going ahead.
Mr Mandela can expect to be teased on the show
The Kumars at No 42, made for the BBC by the UK production company Hat Trick, features Bhaskar interviewing star guests on a chat show set at his family's supposed home in Wembley.
Guests are affectionately teased, by Bhaskar, Syal - who plays his grandmother - and his mother and father, played by Indira Joshi and Vincent Ebrahim.
Celebrities who have submitted themselves to the show's mild ridicule include singers Sir Cliff Richard and Donny Osmond, comic actor Neil Morrissey and daytime TV couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.
The Mail on Sunday speculated that despite his status, Mr Mandela would not escape a ribbing from the presenters - specifically about his time in jail on Robben Island and his former wife Winnie.
Syal said: "I would ask him if it is correct that he stayed as long as he could in confinement for more than 27 years because he knew that once he got out Winnie would be waiting for him."
The Kumars has won an International Emmy in the US and a Bafta nomination for best entertainment programme.