THE BBC’s Question Time is back tonight with an array of panellists including the UK’s Minister for Women, veteran journalists, and a former lord chancellor and secretary of state.
Presenter Fiona Bruce will bring the latest in topical debate from Southampton. So here are the details about when it’s on and who is featuring on tonight’s panel.
What time is it on?
BBC Question Time airs at 10.35pm on BBC One and at 11.15pm for those viewers in Northern Ireland.
A repeat is set for Monday at 00.45am on BBC Two.
You can also catch the programme online after it airs.
Who’s on the panel?
Panellists include Home Office Minister and Minister for Women Victoria Atkins and Labour peer, former lord chancellor and secretary of state for the constitution Charles Falconer.
Also joining the panel will be deputy leader and former Coalition Minister Ed Davey and journalists Ash Sarkar and Camilla Tominey.
Victoria Atkins: Home Office Minister and Minister for Women
Atkins, 41, is a former barrister and was the first Tory MP who entered Parliament in 2015 to become a minister.
Her father is Sir Robert Atkins who was a Conservative MP for 18 years, then an MEP for 15 years.
She is currently a minister in the Home Office as well as Minister for Women.
In April, Piers Morgan blasted the senior MP for losing control of Britain’s devastating knife crisis during a fiery interview on GMB.
Piers raged at the former Crime Minister after she repeatedly avoided his questions on putting thousands of cops back on the streets.
Ms Atkins was on GMB to discuss a major knife crime summit at Downing Street after a spate of London stabbings.
Her husband runs the country’s largest sugar firm.
She once told Parliament she owned a cat called Gaston the Turbo Snail.
Charles Falconer: Former lord chancellor and secretary of state for the constitution
Charles Leslie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC, QC, is a British Labour peer and barrister.
He was born in 1951 and became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs in 2003 under Prime Minister Tony Blair.
He went to become the first Secretary of State for Justice in 2007 but only held the role for a month until Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in June 2007.
He was named Shadow Justice Secretary under the acting leadership of Harriet Harman in 2015, and continued in this role after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party until he resigned on 26 June 2016.
The Labour member also chaired the independent commission on assisted dying.
Falconer was flatmates with Tony Blair when they were both young barristers in London in the late 1970s in Wandsworth.
He was was addicted to Diet Coke as part of a drastic diet to lose weight.
Ed Davey: Deputy leader and former Coalition Minister
Ed Davey is the new Liberal Democrat deputy leader, appointed in September.
He described a no-deal Brexit as a “nuclear option” but said if it did come to pass, he would push for the Lib Dems to form a temporary government with other parties.
At the time, he said: “That would just be a temporary government for one purpose and one purpose alone – to pass the legislation for a people’s vote”.
He played an important role in the Conservative-led government under David Cameron and became energy and climate change secretary in 2012.
In 2015 he was defeated in his Kingston and Surbiton seat after 18 years as an MP, but won it back from the Conservatives in 2017.
Ash Sarkar: Journalist
Ms Sarkar is a British journalist and political activist.
She is a senior editor at Novara Media and a contributor to The Guardian and The Independent.
She also teaches at the Sandberg Institute and regularly comments on politics and society in UK broadcast and online media.
Her views have been described as anti-imperialist, feminist and anti-fascist.
Sarkar campaigned for the Stop Trump Coalition group and also took part in a hunger strike to protest against the detention of asylum seekers at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre.
Camilla Tominey: Journalist
Ms Tominey is the Associate Editor of the Daily Telegraph in London, and describes herself as a Royal Expert.
In 2005, she first started reporting on the British Royal Family when she covered Prince Charles’s marriage to Camilla Parker-Bowles.
She is also a regular commentator on the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Sky News and Australia’s Channel 9.
The mother-of-three lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and children.
Who is Question Time host Fiona Bruce?
Fiona Bruce, 55, is one of TV’s most familiar celebrities, thanks to her work on shows such as BBC’s Six O’Clock News and Fake or Fortune?
The Question Time host was also the first female newsreader on the BBC News at Ten.
She was born in Singapore in 1964 to an English mother and a Scottish father and has two older brothers.
She went to school in both the UK and in Italy before studying French and Italian at Oxford.
After graduating, she worked at a management consulting firm before landing a researcher job on the BBC current affairs programme Panorama.
The 55-year-old later worked as a producer and reporter on both BBC Breakfast and Newsnight and in 1999 she became the secondary presenter of the BBC Six O’Clock News.
She has hosted Crimewatch, taking over from Jill Dando after her murder and is part of the BBC election team.
The veteran newsreader was confirmed as the new host of BBC One’s Question Time in January 2019.
Bruce hosted her first Question Time on January 10, 2019.
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Can I be in the Question Time audience?
Question Time is filmed in front of a live studio audience, but the audience isn’t just there to watch, applause, heckle and listen – they are put to work to come up with questions for the panel.
Those who wish to apply to be part of the audience can do so via the Join the Question Time audience web page run by the BBC.
Hopefuls will be required to fill out a questionnaire to be considered as an audience member and will be contacted on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the programme airs.
How long has Question Time been running?
Question Time has been airing on the BBC since the end of the 1970s – with the first episode broadcast on September 29, 1979.
The series was first presented by the late political broadcaster and commentator Sir Robin Day between 1979 and 1989, Peter Sisson between 1989 and 1993, and was hosted by David Dimbleby from 1994 to 2018.
The show has spawned a number of related shows including Any Questions?, The Big Questions, and Question Time Extra.
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