Town set to play host to BBC’s Question Time

Novelist Jeanette Winterson

Novelist Jeanette Winterson

First published in News

AUTHOR Jeanette Winterson and philosopher Roger Scruton will be among the panel when the BBC’s Question Time comes to Swindon on Thursday.

The topical debate programme, where audience members have a chance to ask panelists particular questions, is coming to a venue in the town that will remain a mystery until the show is broadcast live at 10.35pm on BBC1.

Matt Holland, who organises the Swindon Festival Of Literature, was delighted to hear the news.

He said: “I am very excited, that’s fantastic news. Lucky, lucky Swindon.

“They are two of my favourite writers and thinkers.

“I’ve been trying to get Jeanette Winterson to the Festival Of Literature for years but she has always been away when we hold the festival in May.”

Novelist Jeanette won the 1985 Whitbread Prize for her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, which she later adapted into a television mini-series which broadcast on the BBC in 1990.

She was awarded and OBE for services to literature in 2006.

Roger Scruton, who lives in Brinkworth, near Royal Wootton Bassett, is a philosopher specialising in aesthetics who has published more than 30 books, including Art And Imagination, Beauty, and Sexual Desire.

He was also involved in establishing underground universities and academic networks in Soviet-controlled Central Europe during the Cold War.

The show typically features politicians from at least the three major political parties, as well as other public figures who answer pre-selected questions from the carefully selected audience.

To find out more about the programme, how to pose a question to the panel or how to apply to be a member of the audience, visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/ b006t1q9.

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7:39am Sat 15 Feb 14

Bimbosforjustice says...

It's not LIVE. It's pre-recorded between 19.00-21.30 to enable subtle edits and in case anyone swears or gets their kit off. Will Swindonians ask intelligent questions or ask bring up the wifi scandal?
It's not LIVE. It's pre-recorded between 19.00-21.30 to enable subtle edits and in case anyone swears or gets their kit off. Will Swindonians ask intelligent questions or ask bring up the wifi scandal? Bimbosforjustice
  • Score: 0

11:13am Sat 15 Feb 14

RichardR1 says...

This audience will be stacked to the rafters with Labour supporters. They have to write the questions so that will be interesting.
This audience will be stacked to the rafters with Labour supporters. They have to write the questions so that will be interesting. RichardR1
  • Score: 2

11:17am Sat 15 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

Don't be silly you bimbo.

It,ll be like do you blame the Lie-bour party or the Con-servatives, or the Lie-beralls for the recent bad weather.
Don't be silly you bimbo. It,ll be like do you blame the Lie-bour party or the Con-servatives, or the Lie-beralls for the recent bad weather. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -4

12:20pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

RichardR1 wrote:
This audience will be stacked to the rafters with Labour supporters. They have to write the questions so that will be interesting.
Hopefully they will ask ukip about the weather. Blaming it on gays and denying climate change. Laughable aint it.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: This audience will be stacked to the rafters with Labour supporters. They have to write the questions so that will be interesting.[/p][/quote]Hopefully they will ask ukip about the weather. Blaming it on gays and denying climate change. Laughable aint it. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -4

6:03pm Sat 15 Feb 14

easternsideoftown says...

I hope the Wi fi scandal and our Mayor are topics of discussion. I have grand daughters birthday meal that night or I would have applied.
I hope the Wi fi scandal and our Mayor are topics of discussion. I have grand daughters birthday meal that night or I would have applied. easternsideoftown
  • Score: -3

7:24pm Sat 15 Feb 14

stfcdod says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
RichardR1 wrote:
This audience will be stacked to the rafters with Labour supporters. They have to write the questions so that will be interesting.
Hopefully they will ask ukip about the weather. Blaming it on gays and denying climate change. Laughable aint it.
The thing I don't understand is, why so many Labour supporters(left wing party), are moving over to support UKIP(right wing party). Very strange or just thick Labour supporters who haven't got a clue?.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: This audience will be stacked to the rafters with Labour supporters. They have to write the questions so that will be interesting.[/p][/quote]Hopefully they will ask ukip about the weather. Blaming it on gays and denying climate change. Laughable aint it.[/p][/quote]The thing I don't understand is, why so many Labour supporters(left wing party), are moving over to support UKIP(right wing party). Very strange or just thick Labour supporters who haven't got a clue?. stfcdod
  • Score: -3

10:23am Sun 16 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

stfcdod wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
RichardR1 wrote:
This audience will be stacked to the rafters with Labour supporters. They have to write the questions so that will be interesting.
Hopefully they will ask ukip about the weather. Blaming it on gays and denying climate change. Laughable aint it.
The thing I don't understand is, why so many Labour supporters(left wing party), are moving over to support UKIP(right wing party). Very strange or just thick Labour supporters who haven't got a clue?.
Maybe they've just finally woken up to the fact that Labour are a scourge and are largely responsible for ruining this country irrevocably.

I mean, after having seen the devastation they caused during their last period in office, who in their right mind would EVER vote for them again?

Ed Miliband as prime minister? Seriously?!
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: This audience will be stacked to the rafters with Labour supporters. They have to write the questions so that will be interesting.[/p][/quote]Hopefully they will ask ukip about the weather. Blaming it on gays and denying climate change. Laughable aint it.[/p][/quote]The thing I don't understand is, why so many Labour supporters(left wing party), are moving over to support UKIP(right wing party). Very strange or just thick Labour supporters who haven't got a clue?.[/p][/quote]Maybe they've just finally woken up to the fact that Labour are a scourge and are largely responsible for ruining this country irrevocably. I mean, after having seen the devastation they caused during their last period in office, who in their right mind would EVER vote for them again? Ed Miliband as prime minister? Seriously?! ChannelX
  • Score: 7

12:41pm Sun 16 Feb 14

RichardR1 says...

Davey Gravey, I think you will find the said Councillor was a Tory Councillor when he made similar comments. Unlike the Tories UKIP threw him out. He had already been accepted again by the Tories but they subsequently stopped his application. All in the public domain.

Anyway his comments were just a feasible as those of the MMGW community. Both totally ridiculous.
Davey Gravey, I think you will find the said Councillor was a Tory Councillor when he made similar comments. Unlike the Tories UKIP threw him out. He had already been accepted again by the Tories but they subsequently stopped his application. All in the public domain. Anyway his comments were just a feasible as those of the MMGW community. Both totally ridiculous. RichardR1
  • Score: 2

12:56pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

@bobfm Daniel10 Richard, Nigel farage denies climate change despite all the evidence.
Plus he supports killing animals for fun. Once people dig a bit they can see what a nasty bunch ukip are.
@bobfm Daniel10 Richard, Nigel farage denies climate change despite all the evidence. Plus he supports killing animals for fun. Once people dig a bit they can see what a nasty bunch ukip are. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -2

1:09pm Sun 16 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
@bobfm Daniel10 Richard, Nigel farage denies climate change despite all the evidence.
Plus he supports killing animals for fun. Once people dig a bit they can see what a nasty bunch ukip are.
I don't think *anyone* denies that the climate is changing - it has done since day one and will continue to do so forever more, which will mean millions upon millions of years after the human race has long since been absent from the planet.

What a growing number of people are suggesting is that man's impact and effect on how the climate changes is largely negligible or, in fact, that things may actually be worse for our own purposes had we not had the impact we've had.

Of course, none of this makes any difference to the planet itself, it has no way of 'knowing' if it's too cold or too hot. It has no way of 'knowing' anything, it just reacts on a physical, chemical and biological level.

It is entirely reasonable to point out that attempting to artificially engineer the planet's climate such that it can continue to suit the human race is far worse, from a truly environmental point of view, than just doing what we like and seeing what happens... as does every other plant, creature and life form that's ever existed.

It's only man that has decided how things 'have' to be.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: @bobfm Daniel10 Richard, Nigel farage denies climate change despite all the evidence. Plus he supports killing animals for fun. Once people dig a bit they can see what a nasty bunch ukip are.[/p][/quote]I don't think *anyone* denies that the climate is changing - it has done since day one and will continue to do so forever more, which will mean millions upon millions of years after the human race has long since been absent from the planet. What a growing number of people are suggesting is that man's impact and effect on how the climate changes is largely negligible or, in fact, that things may actually be worse for our own purposes had we not had the impact we've had. Of course, none of this makes any difference to the planet itself, it has no way of 'knowing' if it's too cold or too hot. It has no way of 'knowing' anything, it just reacts on a physical, chemical and biological level. It is entirely reasonable to point out that attempting to artificially engineer the planet's climate such that it can continue to suit the human race is far worse, from a truly environmental point of view, than just doing what we like and seeing what happens... as does every other plant, creature and life form that's ever existed. It's only man that has decided how things 'have' to be. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

2:20pm Sun 16 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

Maria Miller’s political future was in doubt last night after expenses watchdogs found fault with the Culture Secretary’s £90,000 claims on a second home.


This newspaper has learnt Mrs Miller is to be criticised by parliamentary standards officials over claiming the taxpayer-funded allowances on a home where her parents also lived.

The case has drawn comparisons with the case of ex-Labour MP Tony McNulty, who had to repay almost £14,000 in second-home expenses after it emerged he was claiming for a constituency property where his parents lived rent-free.

Another source said: ‘The commissioner is arguing that as Mrs Miller owned the London property, that really was her main home and she’s sticking to her guns.’


However, the source suggested that Ms Hudson, who became standards commissioner over a year ago, may have got the expenses rules wrong.

The source predicted that Miller would get ‘a rap on the knuckles’ but could escape the humiliation of being asked to repay any money.


May be they could discuss the above. but I'll bet a Mars Bar, full size, that they wont.
Maria Miller’s political future was in doubt last night after expenses watchdogs found fault with the Culture Secretary’s £90,000 claims on a second home. This newspaper has learnt Mrs Miller is to be criticised by parliamentary standards officials over claiming the taxpayer-funded allowances on a home where her parents also lived. The case has drawn comparisons with the case of ex-Labour MP Tony McNulty, who had to repay almost £14,000 in second-home expenses after it emerged he was claiming for a constituency property where his parents lived rent-free. Another source said: ‘The commissioner is arguing that as Mrs Miller owned the London property, that really was her main home and she’s sticking to her guns.’ However, the source suggested that Ms Hudson, who became standards commissioner over a year ago, may have got the expenses rules wrong. The source predicted that Miller would get ‘a rap on the knuckles’ but could escape the humiliation of being asked to repay any money. May be they could discuss the above. but I'll bet a Mars Bar, full size, that they wont. anotherimigrant
  • Score: 2

11:31am Mon 17 Feb 14

swindondad says...

"who answer pre-selected questions from the carefully selected audience".

Anyone foolish enough to think that "Question Time" is anything more than another piece of "Reality TV" is sadly delusional. If we are to have truly informative political debate it must IMHO be.

At a pre announced time and place,
Open to the general public,
Non pre-selected questions.
Broadcast live.

By all means search / screen people before they are let in to ensure the safety of all and remind people of the laws on slander / inciting hatred etc but some open honest debate between politicians (of all parties) and the public is long overdue.

N.B. This is supposed to be a national show so I do not thing many people would be interested in petty local squabbles.
"who answer pre-selected questions from the carefully selected audience". Anyone foolish enough to think that "Question Time" is anything more than another piece of "Reality TV" is sadly delusional. If we are to have truly informative political debate it must IMHO be. At a pre announced time and place, Open to the general public, Non pre-selected questions. Broadcast live. By all means search / screen people before they are let in to ensure the safety of all and remind people of the laws on slander / inciting hatred etc but some open honest debate between politicians (of all parties) and the public is long overdue. N.B. This is supposed to be a national show so I do not thing many people would be interested in petty local squabbles. swindondad
  • Score: 5

12:04pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Completely agree with your comments above, swindondad, QT does not discuss very specific local issues - never has. As you say, it's a national show about topics that may have some relevance to 2million or so viewers it attracts.

Sadly, QT is as marred by the BBC's metro-liberal 'elite' bias as all their other output.
Completely agree with your comments above, swindondad, QT does not discuss very specific local issues - never has. As you say, it's a national show about topics that may have some relevance to 2million or so viewers it attracts. Sadly, QT is as marred by the BBC's metro-liberal 'elite' bias as all their other output. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

3:39pm Mon 17 Feb 14

veganarmy says...

Roger Scruton is a pro hunt moron - shouldn't expect much intelligent comment from him
Roger Scruton is a pro hunt moron - shouldn't expect much intelligent comment from him veganarmy
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Mon 17 Feb 14

benzss says...

ChannelX wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
@bobfm Daniel10 Richard, Nigel farage denies climate change despite all the evidence.
Plus he supports killing animals for fun. Once people dig a bit they can see what a nasty bunch ukip are.
I don't think *anyone* denies that the climate is changing - it has done since day one and will continue to do so forever more, which will mean millions upon millions of years after the human race has long since been absent from the planet.

What a growing number of people are suggesting is that man's impact and effect on how the climate changes is largely negligible or, in fact, that things may actually be worse for our own purposes had we not had the impact we've had.

Of course, none of this makes any difference to the planet itself, it has no way of 'knowing' if it's too cold or too hot. It has no way of 'knowing' anything, it just reacts on a physical, chemical and biological level.

It is entirely reasonable to point out that attempting to artificially engineer the planet's climate such that it can continue to suit the human race is far worse, from a truly environmental point of view, than just doing what we like and seeing what happens... as does every other plant, creature and life form that's ever existed.

It's only man that has decided how things 'have' to be.
Those people simply have not read the literature, or have read it and do not understand it, or have read the abstracts and outright lied (read: Monckton) about the contents.

Anthropogenic climate change is very real and may be very dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: @bobfm Daniel10 Richard, Nigel farage denies climate change despite all the evidence. Plus he supports killing animals for fun. Once people dig a bit they can see what a nasty bunch ukip are.[/p][/quote]I don't think *anyone* denies that the climate is changing - it has done since day one and will continue to do so forever more, which will mean millions upon millions of years after the human race has long since been absent from the planet. What a growing number of people are suggesting is that man's impact and effect on how the climate changes is largely negligible or, in fact, that things may actually be worse for our own purposes had we not had the impact we've had. Of course, none of this makes any difference to the planet itself, it has no way of 'knowing' if it's too cold or too hot. It has no way of 'knowing' anything, it just reacts on a physical, chemical and biological level. It is entirely reasonable to point out that attempting to artificially engineer the planet's climate such that it can continue to suit the human race is far worse, from a truly environmental point of view, than just doing what we like and seeing what happens... as does every other plant, creature and life form that's ever existed. It's only man that has decided how things 'have' to be.[/p][/quote]Those people simply have not read the literature, or have read it and do not understand it, or have read the abstracts and outright lied (read: Monckton) about the contents. Anthropogenic climate change is very real and may be very dangerous. benzss
  • Score: 0

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