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Question Time coming to Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 18:47 30 January 2002 | UPDATED: 15:24 03 March 2010

DAVID Dimbleby and BBC1's Question Time team are coming to Ipswich - possibly for the first time ever.

Next week's edition of the flagship political debate series, to be screened on Thursday February 7, will be recorded at the Corn Exchange.

DAVID Dimbleby and BBC1's Question Time team are coming to Ipswich – possibly for the first time ever.

Next week's edition of the flagship political debate series, to be screened on Thursday February 7, will be recorded at the Corn Exchange.

The programme's editor, Nick Pisani, said today he was excited at the prospect of bringing the show, which regularly hits the national headlines, to Suffolk.

"The programme has been going for 21 years, and I can't say for certain that it has never been to Ipswich, but it definitely hasn't been there in recent years and this may be the first time," said Mr Pisani.

"It is always very exciting going somewhere that we haven't been before. Question Time viewers are very loyal and this will give them the chance not only to see the programme being made but to take part."

Panellists lined up to take part in next week's edition include Shadow Culture Secretary and South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo and Labour MP Stephen Twigg, the man who defeated Michael Portillo at the 1997 General Election at Enfield Southgate.

Liberal Democrat MP Patsy Calton will also be on the panel, along with Camelot chairman and former Channel 4 boss Michael Grade and national newspaper columnist Janet Daley.

The programme will be recorded "as live" about an hour-and-a-half before it goes out on BBC1 at 10.35pm.

Mr Pisani said there was always massive demand for tickets and warned that not everybody who applied would be able to get a seat in the audience at the Corn Exchange.

"Obviously we try to make sure that we have the right range of views and a variety of people. If you want to be in the audience, the most important thing is that you must be willing to take part in the programme."

Everybody in the audience is given two question forms to submit their suggestions – so it really is the audience who decide which topics are up for debate.

If you want to apply for a ticket, telephone 0901 1114411, with calls charged at 25p, or send in an

e-mail via the programme's website. Get your application in as quickly as possible.

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www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

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