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Question Time

  • 1979
  • News and current affairs
  • Entertainment


"Question Time" began broadcasting on a trial basis on September 25, 1979, and was billed as a TV version of Radio 4's "Any Questions?" It features politicians from the major political parties as well as other public figures answering questions on issues of the day put to them by members of a studio audience. Since the programme began, Robin Day (1979-89), Peter Sissons (1989-93) and David Dimbleby (1994-present) have chaired the debates. For a brief period in the mid-1990s, voting keypads were used to poll the audience, who are selected to provide a balanced cross-section of the nation. Audience figures hit a peak of 7.9 million on October 29, 2009, when Nick Griffin of the BNP joined the panel. Under Robin Day, the programme was almost always made in London, but is now recorded from a different location in the UK each week. "Question Time" is unique in that politicians are grilled on a regular basis by members of the public, something that rarely happens with politicians in the US. Each year, 30,000 members of the public apply to join debates by being in the studio audience. The programme takes breaks for Christmas and Easter and ends each July prior to returning in the early autumn, coinciding with the conference season.




Fiona Bruce presents an hour of topical debate from London. On her panel are former Justice Minister Crispin Blunt MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Head of Mucosal Infection and Immunity at Imperial College London Professor Robin Shattock, Chair of the NHS Confederation and a crossbench peer Victor Adebowale and Daily Telegraph columnis Tim Stanley





PresenterFiona Bruce
UnknownRosena Allin-Khan
UnknownRobin Shattock
UnknownVictor Adebowale
UnknownTim Stanley
UnknownCrispin Blunt
Series editorHilary O'Neill
Executive producerNicolai Gentchev
Executive editorDaniel Maxwell

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