If you can hear the theme music from Jaws becoming incrementally louder in your mind it’s because the 2017 general election is getting very close now. And that means a humdrum of TV debates, interviews, Question Time specials and one-on-one interviews.
But when are they on? And which politicians will appear on each show? Here’s our guide – click on each broadcast for more information.
The invitation to debate was extended to all the seven party leaders, but Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May turned this down, and so did Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. However, the following party heads did appear…
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon
UKIP leader Paul Nuttal
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas
ITV News anchor Julie Etchingham will be moderating the debate. She previously hosted the 2015 The ITV Leaders’ Debate and 2016’s The ITV Referendum Debate and Cameron and Farage Live: The EU Referendum.
Wednesday 31 May, 7.30pm – The BBC Election Debate, BBC1
It’ll be a seven-way podium battle between senior Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Green Party and UKIP spokespeople. And by “spokespeople”, that means party leaders might send another political figure in their place.
BBC news and Today Programme presenter Mishal Husain (above) will be moderating the show.
Friday 2 June, exact time TBC – Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn BBC Question Time special, BBC1
Rather than a direct head-to-head, the Conservative and Labour leaders will face audience questions separately for 45 minutes, in a session moderated by David Dimbleby.
It’ll be the same format as the 2015 show with Ed Miliband and David Cameron – the one where Miliband almost fell off the stage.
Sunday 4 June – Three more BBC Leader Question Time specials
Dimbleby will chair a second Question Time Leader Special with Tim Farron and Nicola Sturgeon. It’ll broadcast live from Edinburgh on BBC One, 6pm.
Election Questions to Paul Nuttall and Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley will be broadcast live on BBC One at 10.25pm (to be shown again at 110pm on BBC Wales). The presenter will be Daily Politics host Jo Coburn.
Election Questions to Leanne Wood will be broadcast live from Swansea on BBC One in Wales at 10.30-11pm (to be shown again at 11-11.30pm in England). The presenter will be Jo Coburn.
Tuesday 6 June, 8.30pm (Radio 1 and BBC News Channel), 10.40pm (BBC1) – BBC Newsbeat Youth debate
The final BBC debate before election day (June 8) will put leading Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP, Plaid, Green and UKIP politicians against audience questions.
It won’t be your normal audience though. As the title implies, it’ll be made out exclusively 18-34-year-olds.
Tina Daheley (above), who presents the bulletins on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw.
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