Tonight’s the night when #bbcqt makes it to Banbury

Question Time comes to Banbury
Question Time comes to Banbury

The BBC TV’s premier political panel show Question Time returns for a new run of programmes this evening, kicking off in Banbury.

The flagship programme has an audience of members of the public and a panel who answer questions on the topics of the day.

This series will be a memorable one as it marks the last run of programmes to be presented by David Dimbleby who has been in the hot seat since 1994 but who steps down at the end of this year.

The show will be filmed at North Oxfordshire Academy shortly before being broadcast to the nation at 10.45pm on BBC1.

While members of the audience can travel a distance to any of the Question Time venues, there is always a good sprinkling of people from the area, meaning eagle-eyed Banburyshire viewers should spot familiar faces and maybe even hear issues from our area brought into the debate.

Those audience members will have been through an application process and selected in advance, with the opportunity to submit a question to be put to the selected panel members.

BBC TV spokesman Lucy Watson said: “Question Time hears from a range of voices and always has representation from the government of the day and the official opposition party as well as representatives from other political parties.

“The rest of the panel is made up of political commentators and well-known public figures.”

Tonight’s panel is made up of entrepreneur and former Dragon’s Den regular Theo Paphitis, Conservative Prisons Minister Rory Stewart, former Labour Shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie, director of think-tank Class, Faiza Shaheen and talkRadio host and former Sunday Express political editor Julia Hartley-Brewer.