BBC Question Time coming to Lincoln tonight

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BBC Question Time will be broadcast from Lincoln’s Drill Hall this evening (January 31), the fourth time it has been filmed at the charity-run arts centre.

The political panel show will be a highly charged debate with just 57 days until Brexit. It will air on BBC One at 10.45pm, as well as on BBC Radio 5 Live, or it can be watched on iPlayer.

The programme comes just two days after MPs narrowly voted in favour of changing the backstop to the EU withdrawal agreements, and signalled their opposition to a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

The BBC Question Time panel. Photo: BBC

Joining the Question Time panel are the following people:

  • Chief Executive of Siemens UK, Juergen Maier
  • Associate Editor of the Telegraph, Camilla Tominey
  • Former Liverpool and England footballer, John Barnes
  • Labour Shadow Justice Secretary, Richard Burgon
  • Conservative Vice Chair for Women, Helen Whately

This is the fourth edition of Question Time since Fiona Bruce became the programme’s new host, and the first time she is chairing it from Lincoln.

Previous editions of BBC Question Time at Lincoln Drill Hall have featured politicians including Nigel Farage, Anna Soubry and Caroline Lucas, as well as historians Mary Beard and David Starkey.

It is also the second high-profile BBC programme to be broadcast from Lincoln Drill Hall in the last year. In August it was the only venue outside of London to host a BBC Prom.

Always a real buzz

The studio audience will fill the seats at Lincoln Drill Hall for BBC’s Question Time this evening.

Chief Executive of Lincoln Drill Hall Chris Kirkwood said: “We really love hosting BBC Question Time and it’s always a real buzz.

“We’ve had guests from across the political spectrum taking part in programmes that were filmed here before and they were really good and fiery debates so I can’t wait to see tonight’s show.

“Of course, the real stars of Question Time are the people in the audience and I’m sure the people of Lincoln will do us proud.”

Excited audience

The studio audience is drawn from the public who have completed a short form on the BBC website, with successful applicants contacted this week.

Kayleigh Cavill, who is attending the event with her mum Dawn Moll, told The Lincolnite: “I am very excited about being in the audience and think it’s extremely important that the general public have a chance to put their questions forward.

“I’m looking forward to what should be a lively debate.”

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