St Paul’s Cathedral to host Question Time

David Dimbleby will referee historic shouting match under London landmark's iconic dome


BBC1’s flagship political debate programme, Question Time, is to be broadcast from St Paul’s Cathedral for the first time in the programme’s history.


David Dimbleby will chair a debate beneath the Cathedral’s iconic dome on Thursday 21 February.

Panellists will include business secretary Vince Cable, Labour MP Dianne Abbott and former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine.

The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, said: “Question Time is not only an immediately recognisable contemporary institution, it represents what’s at the heart of this country: a commitment to free debate and to the questioning of policies and opinions, whether of those with power and influence or of those who challenge them.

“St Paul’s Cathedral has for centuries been a place of debate, committed to the quest for truth with courtesy. So we’re delighted to be hosting the programme here, and we’re hoping it will look at the burning issues of the day with some of the perspective of the wisdom of the ages.”

Question Time first aired on BBC1 in 1979 and has now run for more than a thousand editions.


To apply for a seat in the audience, register at the series’ website.