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Last Updated: Friday, 14 July 2006, 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK
Suggest a panellist
From Terry Wogan to Tariq Ramadan, Gordon Brown to Bono, find out which guests you have suggested for the QT panel.

Let the Question Time team know who you would like to be included on the panel in future programmes - and why.


Your suggestions:

Comedian Mark Steel is always a laugh. Christopher Hitchens because he will argue with anyone - and if you stick him on with George Galloway you are going to have one heated debate.
Adam Wright, Bedford

Why not try having a member of the public to sit on the panel. I am sure they will give as good a response to questions as any of the pop stars and actors you frequently spoil the programme with. At the very least a member of the public would not have a hidden agenda or be frightened to speak the truth as seen by the public eye.
Paul Fahey, Huddersfield

Adam Afriyie MP - the first and ONLY black Tory MP.
Martha, London

All the party leaders and Rory Bremner
Paul Hesketh, Yeovil

Historian David Starkey, John McCririck, Tony Benn and Michael Heseltine on the same panel would be great entertainment. I guess you'd need a wishy washy liberal too so maybe add Roy Jenkins. This panel would be a great clash of heavyweights and would make great entertainment.
Neil Wade, Atherton, Manchester

Arthur Scargill
Neil Dreghorn, Epsom

I would like to see Rowan Atkinson. He is an iconic figure in British society, a highly educated and intelligent man. I would love to hear his contributions on events happening.
Steve McGuire, Slough

Please please please, put someone who is left wing on the panel more regularly than you do otherwise the debate is pointless. May I suggest someone like Mark Steel, Arthur Scargill, Tony Benn, and Ken Loach.
Danny Holz, Wrexham

I would like to see a little more injection of humour but not from the politicians on the panel. This responsibility should be handed to a recognised comedian. Every panel should have a comedian who has offered views on public issues in the past. I would like to see John O'Farrell. (Guardian Columnist) again or even Jeremy Hardy from the News Quiz.
Junaid Safiullah, Fulham, London

Stephen Fry, Michael Portillo and George Galloway would be good.
Dave Stuart, Arbroath

Diane Abbott - can rely on her for sensible comments. Also Jo Brand
Paarul Prinja, Birmingham

Cherie Blair
Mark Winn, Aylesbury

I think Jeremy Clarkson would bring some common sense to the show. Also Richard Littlejohn.
K.Hambridge, London

I want to see Tony Benn on the program, along with Boris Johnson, Paddy Ashdown, Dr Rowan Williams and Bono
Phil Skett, Bishop's Stortford

Chris Patton MEP. He earned much respect with the handling of Hong Kong. Sir Alan Sugar & Sir Richard Branson both have contrasting styles. Charles Kennedy Lib Democrat & Trevor Sargent head of the Green party. A good combination of business politics and environmental people with knowledge of Europe thrown in!
Robert Taylor, Chichester

Gemma Gibson (the Anthony Walker Champion of Respect, 2005). Gemma is a 23-year-old single mother of a mixed race child, and founder of all girl radio station ,"Sassy FM". Having been brought up in the inner cities, and spent time in Care, Gemma has overcome immense barriers to become an inspirational leader and voice of the underclasses, and young people. Not just talking the talk but experiencing it, Gemma is no victim and is well worth listening to.
Justin Majek, London

I would like to see Nick Griffin of the BNP it would be interesting to hear why we do not need migrant workers according to his party politics and also why in his view this country has not been greatly enriched by immigration.
D Evans, Manchester

Bill Bryson
James Bliss, Truro

Jeremy Clarkson - and bring up going Green!
Andrew, London

Bernard Manning, "50 Cent", Abu Hamza and Nick Griffin
Akira, Liverpool

Invite George Bush, Nelson Mandela and Jacques Chirac to discuss climate change, world poverty and Britain!
James Langford, Hereford

Matt O'Connor -Founder of Fathers 4 Justice. Being a grandparent who has been denied access to my grandchildren I really commend his attempts to change the biased Family Law system.
Grace Haines, Bristol

Cat Stevens
Shiv, Birmingham

Libby Purves: intelligently informed on a wide range of issues, offering robust opinions expressed clearly, humanely and without pomposity.
Sandra Tew, Blandford

I'd like to hear from Richard Branson, to see what his political views are!
Dave Barker, Bournemouth

I would like to see David Lambert, the Chief Executive of the Geographical Association on the panel. With environmental and natural disasters, concerns about immigration, ageing populations, the fuel crisis, and tensions between nation states all recently represented in the news, we need an articulate geographer to help the public make sense of these issues.
Tony Cassidy, Nottingham

Michael Portillo, Michael Heseltine, Gordon Brown, Al Gore, together. The men who would be king... Let's see what we would be missing!
Peter Wood, Lytham

A member of the public on the panel is probably what a lot of viewers would like to see. This should be a regular thing and not restricted by age.
Glenn Edwards, Felixstowe

I understand that QT normally selects UK guests, however given the current world climate and concerns about Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, I feel that there should be a special programme with US guests, including Condoleezza Rice.
Carl Fazackerley, Plymouth

A panel of the Northern Ireland assembly would be a great show. Let us see how the power sharing would work in front of the cameras. Paisley, Adams, McGuiness would have to be on the panel
L Jones, Bebington

A Question Time devoted to animal rights issues with members from SPEAK and pro-test. Vivisection is so often a debate that is one-sided or swept under the carpet.
Ann Porley, Oxford

John Howard (Aussie PM) when he finally retires. Mind you, will David be still presenting by then?
Nick, London

Please have some more non-politicians on the programme, people from the business world or those from literary, cultural backgrounds would help make the programme more interesting.
Abdulsalaam Al-Tawheed, London

Thom Yorke of Radiohead. He's an intelligent guy and an environment activist. Get him on the show!
Henry Bauckham, London

New Home Office Secretary John Reid. It'd be interesting to see how the old chap will fare up to the somewhat shady predecessors, Blunkett and Clarke. It'd also be great to see how he feels he might get Clarke's notorious Terrorism Act (2006) past any human rights challenge.
Barney Large, Canterbury

I believe Dr. Vernon Coleman would bring vision and a breath of fresh air to Question Time. He combines strong ethical values with common-sense, usually with a refreshingly unconventional insight. But I doubt that the BBC's establishment fogeys would dare allow him to appear.
Stan Evans, Derby

I would like to see more eminent scientists and professors on the panel, particularly when issues such as nuclear power and higher education are politically important.
Richard Cowan, York

A member of our Royal Family? Maybe Prince Phillip could discuss immigration, Prince Andrew on travel vs. the environment, and Prince Harry on the effects of substance abuse in society - I'm sure they could resolve all of society's ills in one swoop!
Andrew McGreevy, Bath

I suggest Dennis Skinner, Tony Benn, Noam Chomsky and myself.
Rhoderick Gates, Edinburgh

James Lovelock - famous environmentalist.
Tony, Birmingham

Keep the panel to four as have recently. It makes for a much more enjoyable and interesting programme and gives the guests and audience more time to speak. Four was what the original Question Times were about and they were the best. You seem to be enchanted by celebrity these days - we don't need them - they're usually there for their own needs and "dumb down" the programme. The BBC is too guilty of "dumbing down" everything these days. Let's get back to good old fashioned debate and see these politicians put on the spot as well as having a chance to put their views across.
Colin Stepney, Arundel

There are so many good voices out there that often get overlooked: Tariq Ali would be my all-time favourite. I'd also like to see Salma Yaqoob on again as she was brilliant last time. Journalists of integrity like John Pilger, Robert Fiske or Sami Ramadani would be breaths of fresh air too.
Mary Allen, Enfield

As a regular listener to Radio 2 during the week, I think Jeremy Vine would be a very good panellist.
Carl Redmond, Birmingham

Michael Gove - articulate, likeable MP.
Ben Mcveigh, London

Bob Geldof would get some lively debate going.
Denice Sealy, London

The heart specialist who was in the audience recently in Coventry.
Margaret Parker, Sevenoaks

I would like to see more foreign guests, as I feel that often the tone is overtaken by narrow-minded British politicians, who never really answer any questions posed to them. Perhaps Irshad Manji - a Canadian with an interesting take on the future of Islam in the West.
Aileen, Glasgow

I would like to suggest Professor David Allen, who is Head of the Politics, International Relations and European Studies department at Loughborough University.
David Goss, Loughborough

Get some more left-wingers on! Tony Benn's always good. The debates recently have been about management. Where is the ideology?! Where is the belief?! No wonder people are turning off politics.
Ben Singleton, Lancaster

How about Amanda Platell? How sexy is she?! She would add a bit of glamour to proceedings! Oh, and why not give Nick Griffin a chance to have his say?
John, Liverpool

Alex Ferguson would have some interesting opinions on political matters I'm sure.
Chris Eadie, Belfast

Mark Steel. He would give a leftist's opinion in a coherent manner, and amuse at the same time. I'm surprised he's not been mentioned already!
John, Milton Keynes

Nick Griffin of the BNP. He should be allowed to put forward the party's point of view in open debate, rather than being continually harangued in the media without apparently having the right of reply.
Roger Holmes, Watford

Guest panellists are on the whole a waste of a good seat for debate. It would be much better to take a member of the audience each week (those who were willing could tick a box on the question cards). That way you would get the views of someone not woolly-minded or away with the fairies
Stephen Walpole, Skipton

I'd like to see more panellists from a science and engineering background on QT
Claire, Guildford
Every week the Question Time audience are pretty savvy and well informed, clapping loudly to comments highlighting the hypocrisies of the West, seeing through the next neo-liberal agenda of the powerful etc. And yet every week the panel are beyond useless, are puppets talking typical puppet-talk and if we're lucky there will be a token person talking a sliver of sense. Any chance that in future the makers of Question Time can take a chance and have truly intelligent people on - someone like Tariq Ali or John Pilger for instance, who sadly never seem to be invited onto this programme (scared of someone so insightful and critical of the media perhaps BBC?).
John Baker, Palmers Green

I'd like to see more panellists from a science and engineering background on QT. They're at the forefront of modern developments, and their careers demand an involvement in current affairs. It's good to have representatives of the political parties, but the individual trade unionist/religious leader/scientist always adds an interesting angle to the debate.
Claire, Guildford

Michael Parkinson and Billy Connolly.
Iain Robinson, Manchester

How about having someone from the legal profession, perhaps a high court judge, I believe they will have an interesting perspective on the issues discussed.
Ryan Geldart, Huddersfield

Could we have more foreign guests, to bring a different perspective to the show? Oh, and could the audience have more of a say? - fewer guests would help.
Ali McNab, Stirling

Rt Hon The Lord Walker, ex Cabinet Minister. We have very few Cabinet Ministers on the panel who are not so well known.
Nathan P. Bridle, Lincoln, UK

When Question Time next makes a rare appearance in Scotland (which I believe is the end of June) I would suggest Colin Fox, Carolyn Leckie or Frances Curran from the Scottish Socialist Party as I believe they would be a breath of fresh air compared to the faceless politicians of the four main parties.
Stuart Miller, Glasgow

Let's have a Question Time Singapore - the small south east Asian island state that doesn't conform to democratic norms but yet seems so (economically at least) successful. Political discourse in that country and ours would be notched up by the experience.
John, Oxford

Ruth Kelly. We must have a debate on skills
Cat, London
Dr Dennis Hayes. He is to be the first president of the new union of university teachers. He is interesting in that he is an educationalist who believes in education as a worthwhile goal in its own right. He is very good on the Learning Curve.
Richard Harris, Canterbury

Ruth Kelly. We must have a debate on skills. The UK is the lowest skilled of all the EU nations which impacts our productivity as a nation. This is a crime.
Cat, London

I recently watched some archive footage online from the excellent News 24 Hardtalk series. Having seen the John Le Carre interview, he is surely a certainty for Question Time.
Steve Solley, West Kingsdown, Kent

Trevor Nelson OBE, Radio One DJ/MTV presenter, because he is articulate and relevant to young urban black youths.
Joy Baptiste, London

Steve Taylor - director of the Forum on Prisoner Education and recent winner of the Longford prize. He is a genuine, eloquent speaker who has made great strides in increasing the profile of prisoner education and highlighting its significance in cutting re-offending rates.
Sian Ingleby, Bristol

Get Ashley Giles or one of the other Ashes heroes on the show. They'd be a lot better informed than most of the other guests.
Jerry Lawes, York

Michael Gove MP most definitely!
Dan, Salisbury
Will Hutton: Best-selling author of "The State We're In" and "The World We're In", also edited the Observer for several years. A man of articulate, reasoned and passionate views, and who makes the case for the kind of social democracy that may be the policy basis of the Brown era to come.
George Eaton, London

Michael Gove MP most definitely! A brilliant speaker in terms of conveying very pertinent points in an intelligent and logical manner - you really feel like he's answering the question and expressing things in a really clear and unequivocal way.
Dan, Salisbury

Joan Collins the actor is my suggestion. She writes an excellent article in The Spectator from time to time and would make an interesting contribution to the panel.
Joyce Hackney, Derby

Why don't you have an ordinary member of the public on the panel instead of just the "great and good"? It would be good to get an honest open, politically free opinion for a change.
Paulette Robinson, Derbyshire

A recently retired chief of the general staff or a senior land commander from the British Army. There is often discussion about military operations (Iraq and Afghanistan) - much of it uninformed. It is about time the military were given the chance to be represented.
Graham Horwood, Cheltenham

Avoid having politicians in the panel, they don't live in the real world. Let's have teachers, doctors, and others like them to tell it as it really like.
Tom Lowry, Leeds Yorkshire

Martin Lewis, the money saving expert
Paul Johnson, Newcastle
Anne Widdecombe cannot appear often enough. She speaks sound common sense, cuts through all the cant, and is informative and entertaining. I am not a Conservative, but had she been elected Leader I might have been tempted to vote Tory in the next election.
Sandra Lanigan, Pershore, Worcestershire

Martin Lewis, the money saving expert. I always listen to him on Radio 2, watched his ITV show and read his Guardian column. He's a very passionate, articulate debater with radical pro-consumer views, the scourge of banks, retailers and the travel industry. Well worth listening to. I think he'd shake things up (and you should check out his website too!)
Paul Johnson, Newcastle

David Gilmour. Famous as the guitarist and main vocalist from Pink Floyd, Gilmour recently donated the proceeds of one of his houses (over £4m) to a homeless charity. He also appeared with Floyd at Live 8.
Phil Baxter, Newcastle, UK

I would like to see Peter Hodgkinson, Director of Centre for Capital Punishment Studies on the panel. More than half the world's population live in countries which retain the death penalty. It's still a big issue, but it seems to have fallen off the political and news agenda.
Stephen, London

Radio 4's The Moral Maze this week had a witness called Steve Taylor, director of a prison reform charity - very sensible views on punishment and atonement. I think he'd be excellent and he really held his own - it'd be interesting to see his views on wider issues.
James Crick, Paisley, Scotland

Michael Howard who has done more than most to prepare the Conservatives for future government control.
Brian, Kenley

Gordon Brown is a MUST, followed by: Steve Coogan (or how about the two of them on together, for a little contrast in style); Chief Rabbi Sacks (world renowned for his brilliance); Paul McCartney; Barbara Amiel (wife of Conrad Black, former journalist); Julie Burchill, formerly of the Times, now pursuing a degree in theology.
Bonnie, Toronto, ON

Frederick Forsyth would be great, speaks his mind and has great insight. Most of all though we need to hear from more Business leaders who actually live in the real world. Too many journalists spouting the same nonsense as the politicians!
Phil, London

Adam Sampson, Shelter's chief executive. I saw him on Breakfast the other morning; it's so refreshing to see someone covering housing in a way that really matters because it's one of the big issues that most of the audience watching really care about it but no-one seems to cover it these days.
Amanda Thomson, London

Andrew Marr, the most informed political journalist of the day. However, I doubt whether the Beeb would give him the freedom to air his personal political views. I hope you prove me wrong.
Aled Jenkins, Southampton

How about Robin Tilbrook, chairman of the English Democrats?
Barry Faust, Portsmouth
I would like to see J K Rowling on the programme. I presume she would have some wonderful views on affairs both past, present and for the future. Also, a European foreigner, for instance, Dr Gunther Van Hagens, inventor of the revolutionary process of plastination.
Jonathan, Preston

What about a weather presenter? At least they talk about something which everyone talks about!
Fiona Arkell, Ammanford

How about Robin Tilbrook, chairman of the English Democrats? I have noticed in recent editions of Question Time that you have had Plaid Cymru, SNP and UKIP. I think it is about time you invited the EDP to the table to see what they have to say, don't you?
Barry Faust, Portsmouth

George Monbiot. This man is the only British journalist I can think of who has the courage to report on the state of our nation without succumbing to the mainstream political propaganda agenda. A true Brit with a sack load of integrity.
Anthony Lane, Exeter

I agree with David Briggs about the need to have more scientists on the programme, especially scientists whose research has not been compromised by corporate funding. With this in mind I'd like to recommend Mae Wan-Ho, geneticist and founder of the Institute of Science in Society.
Peter Simpson, Peterborough

Simon Jenkins. He is intelligent, well spoken, always has an interesting view and is not without a humorous side as well. Also a return from David Starkey is greatly anticipated.
Chris Moss, London, UK

Edwina Currie is always good and would inject a bit of spice into the proceedings. She is truly fearless.
Nina, Manchester

Sir Alan Sugar! He's so cool, never really gives away what he thinks about the wider world, so it'd be good to hear his opinion!
Ali, Rochdale

John Lydon. The best editions of Question Time usually have a real character in contrast to grey politicians. An outspoken critic of Bush, Blair and their war in Iraq, Lydon is sardonic, insightful, fearless and a true Englishman!
Tim Cardwell, Portadown

The show is 'Question Time', not 'Opinion Time'.
RLC, IoW
How about the headmaster of Eton, a senior military commander or police officer. It is not just politicians who shape our country. We should start thinking a bit more widely and widen the debate still further to beyond the predictable party lines.
Christopher Sadler, Suffolk

Phillip Pullman (children's author). I'm sure he'd have lots of interesting, cutting and intelligent remarks to make about education and faith (and everything else) - he always does.
Richard Caves, Leeds

Question Time is at its best when the panellists: a. Are specialists who add value to the debate, and b. Are held to account for policies etc. It is at its worst when the panellists include those who bring to the debate just another opinion, eg actors, singers, "showbusiness personalities" etc. The audience is there to reflect a wide spectrum of opinion so please, no more "celebrities". The show is "Question Time", not "Opinion Time".
RLC, IoW

Pete Burns of Dead or Alive fame and Celebrity Big Brother. He's very outspoken and honest so providing he doesn't swear, will be so refreshing in comparison with the waffle heard from politicians around the table!
Whiting, Leeds

Jonathan Ross, because his iconoclastic, off-beat humour makes him one of the most inventive, articulate, lateral thinkers on TV and an ideal man to blow some of the guests' cobwebs away.
Mr Andrew Chappell, Rugeley

How about a panel of most famous and discerning members of previous audiences? Better than watching Peter Hain sweat and silently shout: "I am merely a fed-up New Labour politician, please get me out of here".
Prabhat

Polly Toynbee of the Guardian is a must for the panel in future. She always seems to have her finger on the truth and tells it as it is.
Tom Lowry, Leeds, Yorkshire

Can I ask why don't you consider having more business leaders on the panel? Journalists and politicians provide some angles, but hearing more from high ranking members of large UK companies would add another interesting insight. For example CEO/chief executives of companies such as BP, BT, Barclays, GSB etc. or partners in top law and consultancy firms.

Apart from interest in their views this also might counteract the current tendency for politically quite left-wing non political/media guests (head of NUS, amnesty international representative, past BBC political commentators etc.).
Nick, UK

Please, please, please bring Tony Benn onto the show again. Reading the section on "The Best of Question Time" it is clear that he is a favourite among viewers. He is well informed, quick-witted and a captivating speaker.
Mr P O'Malley, Leicester

Mr Jools Holland
Donna Redding, Essex
Richard Madeley would be a fantastic panellist.
James Thompson, London

Nicky Gumbel, of Holy Trinity Brompton. A former barrister, and leading light of the (now international) Alpha movement - A Christian who is Christ-like. Invite him on, and see!
Ysabelle Perkins, Hemel Hempstead

Mr Jools Holland. One of my all time heroes.
Donna Redding, Essex

Michael Portillo - a man with considerable political experience, opinion and charisma. No longer merely a tool of the Conservative Party, in his career post-politics he has acquired knowledge of issues that we would all like to have an insight into.
James G McGowan, Edinburgh

Tony Blair, so that for once he could answer the many uninformed and ignorant attacks made upon him by both panel and audience.
John Richards, Leeds

Pre World Cup 06, why not bring in a Lineker, a Beckham, a Rooney or a Sven even?
Andrew Dunne, Warwick

Surely it's time you gave some air time to somebody who would like to elaborate on the constitutional situation of England after devolution for Scotland and Wales, and what it actually means to the English voters. Then again such serious matter as who actually governs us can get lost among such important subjects as Lib Dem indiscretions or George Galloway in Big Brother.
Philip Pollard

Mary Ann Sieghart who must surely qualify as "the thinking man's totty"
Michael Jäger, The Hague
Kylie Minogue. I would love to hear her views on things and she would add a bit of character. It would also be interesting to hear how she feels about the monarchy as she is Australian.
Ant Hardman, Deal

Mary Ann Sieghart who must surely qualify as "the thinking man's totty" now that Joan Bakewell must be ready to pass on that particular torch.
Michael Jäger, The Hague

Tim Smit. He led a team which made things happen overcoming all the problems encountered on the road which led to the success of the Eden Project. If only our politicians had one or two of his genes!
K Taber, Bristol

Armando Iannucci - purely for entertainment value.
Paul Hitchcock, Hong Kong

Nick Griffin. If he's the idiotic bigot that we are made to believe let us see this for ourselves. Is this not democracy?
Toby, London

How about a "special" with an entire panel made up of speakers/leaders of the five largest religions in this country. Given recent events it would be interesting to see where they disagreed and, most importantly, where there was consensus.
Simon Robinson, Wellingborough

Anybody but London based journalists. They already have a platform. (Of course you are all journos so they are easy to contact etc.)
Roger Whiting, Stilton

After watching Saira Khan on This Week she is a MUST for Question Time
Peter Walker, High Wycombe
Only four guests as in the original series to stimulate greater debate. Five guests are too many. Certainly no more comedians, singers etc.
Alan Mockford, Sunbury

After watching Saira Khan on This Week (10/02/06) she is a MUST for Question Time. It was a delight to hear the voice of tolerance and moderation talk so forcefully - more air time for this person!
Peter Walker, High Wycombe

Anthony Daniels, a doctor-writer who has worked in the NHS in inner city Birmingham and in many Third World countries, has been by far the most incisive commentator on modern Britain (often writing under his pseudonym Theodore Dalrymple). We need to hear his voice more often, as it speaks from experience and is genuinely independent (that is, politically incorrect) thought.
Frank More, London

I think you should get a leader from Greenpeace to join the panel as the environment and global warming are becoming huge issues.
Nick Fletcher, Malton

Who better to speak up for the Atlantic alliance than the voice of New World conservatism, Mark Steyn? Always insightful, original and highly entertaining, Steyn's presence would be a coup for the programme.
Samuel Bowman, Cork

Maybe you could have a QT specifically on one or a couple of topical issues such as the state of the NHS or education issues ie. Blair's White Paper.
Sumera Rizwan, Preston

I'd like to see more of a diversity of views, personalities and people, such as we saw this week from Skegness. I think like me, many would have been pleasantly surprised to see the debunking of the prevalent stereotype of a Muslim woman as without voice or opinion. This is not so and it was good to see this so ably demonstrated. Too often we have "establishment" views whether it is articulated by white, brown or black - here was something genuinely different.
Sawsan, Brockley Park

I would like to see an edition from Parliament Square with resident peace protestor Brian Haw
Gillian Mair, Rutherglen, Glasgow
Arundhati Roy, the author from India.
Geoff Kerr-Morgan, Middlesbrough

Sir Bernard de Houghton is a local Baronet from Houghton Towers, where James I is supposed to have knighted the "Sir loin" of beef. He has an animated opinion on everything and a keen interest in politics as a layman. He is currently trying to get a permanent Shakespeare festival at his family seat Houghton Towers, which is about four miles south of Preston. His family is one of the oldest baronetcies in the country but he is very much in touch with the times and he is an interesting personality because of his nonchalant, noblesse oblige approach to life.
James Hull, Preston

George Galloway. He should be given equal time for the discriminatory manner in which he was edited on Channel 4's BB. He is the most articulate anti-war-in-Iraq spokesperson in the country.
Igor Goldkind, Charlbury

I would like to see an edition from Parliament Square with resident peace protestor Brian Haw on the panel. Having met him, I found him to be plain speaking and well informed on a wide range of current issues, surely the perfect criteria for a panellist!
Gillian Mair, Rutherglen, Glasgow

I used to watch QT every single week until you started getting actors and comedians as guests. I do not want to hear some self-serving bloke like Dame Edna or Julian Clary on a serious programme like QT. They are terrific entertainers but please don't treat the viewing public with such disdain. QT should be a serious programme, not light entertainment.
Ian Dickson, Ipswich

Why is it that you never have anyone representing the views of the self-employed or small business owners? I'm a member of, and great believer in, the Federation of Small Businesses and the work they do on behalf of the 4.2 million small businesses in the UK. Their main spokesman whom I see on Business Lunch is a very able and articulate man with a great understanding of our needs.
Nigel MacLardie, Edinburgh

When Question Time visits Aberystwyth, Anne Robinson should be on the panel to face up to a Welsh audience.
Sharon Howell, Caerffili, South Wales

Is it possible for Question Time to invite Dr Tim Winter? He is a British Muslim Cambridge professor who has an intellectual understanding of the confused British Muslims who carry with them all their various cultural baggages.
Nasima, West London

Dominic Grieve MP. His interviews on radio and Newsnight are clear and concise - no ums or ers. Please use Mr Grieve as the Tory politician from time to time.
Philip Dumville, Maidenhead

All Liberal Democrat leadership contenders in a "special"
Robert Adamson, Thirsk
Ruth Kelly - she has a lot to answer for!
Dominique, Dartford

The bosses/chairman/managing directors from the four big supermarkets.
E Finnesey, Formby

All Liberal Democrat leadership contenders in a "special".
Robert Adamson, Thirsk

David Bowie. Made a huge contribution to international music, fashion and the arts. I imagine he would have a lot of interesting things to say.
Fraser Davidson, Glasgow

Carol Thatcher- very witty and intelligent and now very much in the public eye.
Alex, Warrington

Why don't you have a farmer on your panel? There is great concern about how farming is treated and how the wanton destruction of agriculture by successive governments has placed our countryside at risk and forced country dwellers to seek alternative livelihoods.
David Proudfoot, Nr Tunbridge Wells

I think Betty Boothroyd would be excellent. She was a breath of fresh air in the Houses of Parliament and would put some of the more outlandish members of the panel in their place!
Ian Ellis, Horncastle

Yvonne Ridley - a person who was in the spotlight and suddenly not mentioned by the media.
Munir, Surrey

I look forward to Question Time every week and I think it is a brilliant programme. However, I think it would be interesting to see more people of African descent on the panel.
Ms Serwah, London

Ann Widdecombe. Highly controversial, outspoken, interesting and one of a kind!
Peter Williams, Southampton

Sir Sean Connery.
Richard Blair-Brown, Exeter

Chris Davies MEP - the politician who called Charles Kennedy a "dead man walking". He sounds like a politician who is not afraid to speak his mind - we need more politicians like this!
Jennifer Best, Manchester

I would like to suggest Bob Geldof as I think it would be great to try and get international poverty back on the agenda. During the summer there was so much publicity, especially during Live8, but now it seems to have died down.
Nathan Dilliway, Basingstoke

I agree with the blogosphere comment, and thought I'd suggest another name for the hat. I just watched Newsnight and felt that Tim Montgomery from conservativehome.com was a very articulate and knowledgeable chap!
James Coates, Crosby

Chris Huhne, my MP from home and Lib Dem leadership candidate.
Sam Hussey, Aberystwyth (Bursledon originally)

Dame Edna Everidge! It would be great to see a non-political celebrity on the programme and she would provide the humour needed for a show with a very highbrow reputation.
Liam Elvish, Basingstoke

Mona Siddiqui as she can contribute meaningfully to the debate around terror legislation and implications for the Muslim communities in Britain.
Cath, Glasgow

Dennis Skinner, a proper Labour MP.
Tom Cunningham, Halesowen

We have far too many "ordinary people" on the TV already
Paul Temperton, London
I would like to see Lord Sebastian Coe on Question Time, as I don't feel enough is being said about the London Olympics at the moment. It was on the news when London won of course, but ever since, its publicity seems to have disappeared. Another person who would get a lot of attention and comments is George Galloway.
Sarah Naismith, Edinburgh

Carol Malone (Sunday Mirror). Littlejohn again and Nick Griffin. The BBC is going to have to let him on sooner or later. What are you scared of?
Jim Peggie, Kirkcaldy

Ben Elton - more words per minute than most.
Phil Smith, Bristol

Somebody wrote that they want more ordinary people on the panel. God forbid! We have far too many "ordinary people" on the TV already. Most "ordinary people" are lamentably ill informed about most things. What we want to see on TV are people who know what they are talking about. Roy Hattersley is a good example. He has been around a long time and has studied the issues. Also the BBC has become far too obsessed with comments by the public - all this nonsense about sending in your views by e-mail, SMS, etc. For goodness sake stop it. If I want to know what ill informed morons think I can go down the pub any time.
Paul Temperton, London

I can't remember ever seeing on the programme anyone with a mandate to speak on behalf of Britain's pensioners. Try Rodney Bickerstaffe for example or contact he National Pensioners Convention.
Hugh Emerson, Crewe

I would like to suggest Will Young. Listening to a radio interview with the young man I was astonished at how well spoken and well read he was and appeared to speak eloquently on most subjects. I have since looked up his biog and realise he studied politics at Exeter University. I think he might introduce new viewers to the programme as his records appear very popular - not forgetting his new inroad into films with the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins.
Tim Randall, Poole

How about a series of religious figures. High-profile people like John Sentamu or Jonathan Sacks, and also less well known ones like the leaders of the Methodist and Salvation Army churches. As well as UK leaders of other faiths.
Jonathan, Beckenham

I think that Christopher Ecclestone would be quite an interesting person to have on the panel.
Jonathan, Lincoln

Margaret Thatcher, please. Before it's too late.
Quentin, Luton

I'd like to see Germaine Greer on again
Douglas King, London
Rupert Murdoch. As someone who owns or has a controlling interest in many media/press operations, it would be fantastic to hear what his own opinions are.
Marie Chapman, Skegness

Krishna Guha, writer for Financial Times. Young, intelligent, energetic, and eloquent.
Mitchell Sava, London

I'd like to see Germaine Greer on again, because she is fearless in challenging issues and is very eloquent. Also, Bob Dylan would be good.
Douglas King, London

Carol Thatcher, Queen of the Jungle.
Melanie Pearce, Southend

Ed Vaisey MP, Peter Jones (the Dragons Den) and the wonderful Vanessa Feltz.
Elaine Foster, Fleet, UK

It is really interesting to see a capitalist business perspective on modern issues. Our business leaders are held to account far quicker on their decisions and no amount of spin disguises their performance which is judged far clearer on results/profits. Philip Green and Alan Sugar would both be excellent and provide a fresh take on events.
Lee Hegarty, Birmingham

Boris Johnson. If he is now going to partake in serious politics I think he needs to get across to people actual ideas that they can latch onto and discuss, and that some people might actually agree with. At the moment he is in grave danger of becoming just a target which other parties can make jokes out of to undermine the credibility of the Conservative party.
Grace Haley, Sheffield

Joan Rivers! Anyone really who will speak their mind and not give mind-numbing boring non-committal replies in case - God forbid - they offend anyone.
Des FitzGerald, London

Christine Hamilton. She's feisty, refreshing and always talks common sense
Harry, London
Frederick Forsyth, author and columnist; well travelled, erudite and not afraid to speak his mind.
Cecilia, Wigan

Christine Hamilton. She's feisty, refreshing and always talks common sense. It's about time you had a real battleaxe on the show.
Harry, London

Could you have a regular guest from overseas to provide an outside perspective on some of the debates? How about a US Senator or a French MP?
Philip Robinson, London

John Pilger, without doubt one of the bravest, intelligent and most respected journalists in the UK, a tireless campaigner for social justice and human rights around the world and one of the very few to actually speak the truth about the world we live in today. I also agree with one of the previous suggestions about Noam Chomsky; these two guys would run rings around the rest of the panel.
James Hilton, Derby

Rob Newman of Newman and Baddiel fame. I saw him live last week and not only was he hilarious, he had a better grasp of international politics than any MP I can think of.
Andy, Newcastle

It can be tedious unless the panel are unafraid to speak their mind. I therefore propose Robert Kilroy-Silk (MEP), David Owen (former foreign secretary), General Sir Mike Jackson (highly decorated top British soldier) and former cricket hero Geoffrey Boycott.
David S Williams, Hertfordshire

I think Stephen Fry should be a Question Time guest on the grounds that he is incredibly intelligent, amazingly comical and responds to questions in an articulate fashion.
Charlie Lloyd, Northampton

Bill Wiggin, MP for Leominster, shadow secretary of state for Wales and shadow minister for the environment. He is a very good constituency MP with an excellent sense of humour. In Wales, we love him. The rest of Britain should get the opportunity to see him in action.
Andrew Coffey, Aberystwyth

I would like to see, as a norm, the local constituency MP
Frank, Carlisle
How about a panel of children from all walks of life and class stratas, ie. middle England, Ireland Scotland and Wales; from public, religious and comprehensive schools; as well as with different income levels and from ethnic and disabled communities. They are the future voters.
Alan Meredith, Ashford, Middlesex

Ann Treneman (parliamentary sketch writer for The Times newspaper)
Nick Yeo, Bookham

I would like to see, as a norm, the local constituency MP, with one question being a controversial local issue.
Frank, Carlisle

Gordon Ramsey - straight-talking and witty - what more can you ask for?
Mike, York

Please can we stick to elected politicians - I couldn't care what some journo thinks or some second rate comedian - their views are not important - they have no power, and I cannot vote for them. Question Time should be an opportunity for the public to quiz their elected representatives. If the BBC insists on having non-political guests then I would nominate ordinary people - their view is just as valid as a journalist or failing actor. On this basis as a van driver from London I nominate myself.
BradleyX, London

Simon Schama, author of A History of Britain.
Thomas Hemsley, Plymouth

I would like to see some of the new MPs on the show. They have been given the confidence of the public in the same way the "better known" MPs have, so why should the more experienced get a greater say?
Alex Viol, Cardiff

Peter and Christopher Hitchens, brothers diametrically opposed politically, and both eloquent and outspoken. This would be riveting viewing, and a real challenge for David Dimbleby!
Jeff Stevens, London

I don't really mind who you get as long as you never get Rhona Cameron again - she was awful this week.
Paul Johnson, Seoul, South Korea

Ali G, Ali G, Ali G.
Jonathan, London

I would like to see Mr Chris Patten on the panel. It think he still is a great politician.
Johnny, Portsmouth

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow - he is always good at giving an interesting and alternative point of view in a lively and concise manner.
Thomas Black, Glasgow

Come on! Have the courage to invite someone left wing! Just once.
Paolo Bertagna, London

Clinton would be great
Samuel Nicholas, London
A guest chairman with David Dimbleby joining the panel.
George Whillans, Langholm

Libby Purves, because she's always right about everything, and Vikram Seth, because he has an incredible instinct for human nature and would be fascinating. The idea of getting GPs, teachers etc. depending on current news topics is a very good one. And Clinton would be great.
Samuel Nicholas, London

Why always party politicians? Why not a former military officer (Tim Collins), a media man (Kelvin Mackenzie), an independent politician (Ray Mallon), an entrepreneur (Sir Alan Sugar) and the wildcard fifth person a writer like George Macdonald Fraser?
Anthony Steel, Buckinghamshire

I'd like to see John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York and first black archbishop in this country. He is honest, committed and has an amazing history.
Matthew Downie, London

When next in Glasgow in December, can we have a change from the usual Scottish trawl of MSPs such as Salmond, Sturgeon, Galloway, and left-wing authors - and perhaps have some more significant UK figures? We are all bored by Holyrood and the MSPs. Please give us UK politicians. All that usually happens is Scotland is portrayed as loony lefties, and that does not apply to all of us! (it only applies to about 50% of the population here!)
Robin McNaught, Glasgow

Christopher Grayling MP, shadow leader of the House. Gave a great performance up against Geoff Hoon recently. He is very articulate and genuinely wants to improve people's lives. Let us hear more of him!
Stephen James, Epsom

The best ever Question Time had Ian Hislop and Mary Archer. If we can't have them both on together please can we have Ian on more regularly?
D A Lyman, Long Eaton Nottingham

When oh when oh when oh when is the BBC going to invite Noam Chomsky to appear? He is the most important intellectual alive and yet he's ignored. This is incomprehensible to me.
William van Zwanenberg, London

I would like to see real people, who don't have a political point scoring agenda, who would answer the questions with the dignity that the audience deserves. It should not be someone famous. This would balance the panel.
Tony Durnell, Shrewsbury

I think Michael Palin would be a fabulous guest on Question Time. He is both intelligent and hilarious, as well as being the archetypal Englishman.
Ralph Critchley, Berkhamsted

Armando Iannucci - comedy hero, politically aware.
Jonathan Gruder, Radlett

Get Claire Fox on the programme. She's the best contributor that I've ever seen.
John Elton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Any of the excellent Today/PM BBC Radio 4 Presenters. I'd like to hear their real views on the politicians and/or topics of the day!
Steve Miles, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks: one of the few religious voices on the modern British scene who is widely respected for a combination of unswerving faith, moral courage, intellectual rigour, and common humanity.
Seth Belson, London

Daniel Wood, chair of the British Youth Council (BYC). There are very few times when young people are members of the panel rather than just members of the audience. As part of the BBC's remit of providing a public service, it should play a role in enabling young people to redress the media and society's perception of young people as yobs and trouble makers rather than citizens who do excellent work and help build and strengthen communities.
Jules Mason, London

How about someone left-wing? For the past three weeks the panel has been dominated by Right wingers - it is disgusting.
Geraint, Aberystwyth

I would like to see Jeremy Paxman on the show. His intellect, experience and wry sense of humour would be a perfect mix. But you'd have to keep it secret until the last minute because I think the other panellists would be too scared to come on!
Jacqueline Stone, Carlisle

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
Ray Thompson, Bargoed

How about a programme with an all-women panel?
Sue Luxton, London
I can't remember the last time there was a Trade Unionist on the panel. There are still millions of people in the TU movement! How about Bob Crowe or Tony Woodley? Or any credible free thinking voice of the Left - such as Mark Thomas or Rob Newman. Most of the non-party political celebrity panellists these days seem to say the most vacuous banalities.
Andrew Allan, Wakefield

How about a programme with an all-women panel? Women panellists are all too often a minority on the show. Or a climate change special with the environment minister/spokespeople for the three main parties, plus a Green Party politician?
Sue Luxton, London

Make sure Lembit Opik returns soon, he always talks perfect sense. How about Michael Palin or someone like that? It would also be nice to hear from some royalty: how about William or Charles - I'd like to hear what the future Kings have got to say...
Niall Allsopp, Bath

How about the award winning journalist, writer and filmmaker John Pilger? His uncompromising opinions are always worthy of consideration and guaranteed to spark a lively debate.
Piers Williamson, Tokyo

It seems like everybody I thought of has been mentioned.
Zillani Miah, London

Lady Sylvia Hermon MP. As the only remaining Ulster Unionist MP she would have interesting views to give.
Chris Hallworth, Bangor,

I think Peter Oborne would be a fine guest. He is highly intellectual, most amusing and a lovely Christian chap. He also knows a lot about politics and the world.
Gemma, Market Harborough

Louis Theroux. He likes the weird and wonderful, used to work with Michael Moore but is a normal guy, and very polite! he would have an original take on current issues.
Claire Brown, Nottingham

Alan Simpson - Labour MP in Nottingham, prominent back-bench rebel, previously voted Green Politician of the year. With Question Time coming to Notts, he seems like the obvious local figure to have on the panel.
James Phillips, Nottingham

Stephen Fry - a man who has an amazing grasp on the English Language (just read MOAB is my Washpot for proof), and would be able to stand his ground. And Tony Benn, because he rocks!
Laura Bailey, London

Marilyn Manson would be a great choice as a panellist. I am not a fan but have seen him interviewed several times and have come to the conclusion that he must be one of the most articulate and intelligent people on the planet.
Patrick Glennon, London

David Miliband again. He was on the first one of this series and he's the person that got me interested in it and made me keep watching each week.
Dave Robinson, Carlisle

I would like to see Akbar Ahmed (professor of Islam & writer), Imran Khan (ex-cricketer - now Politician), John Pilger (journalist), and Michael Moore (director of Fahrenheit 9/11) on the show. I am sure there is a wide choice of subjects these people will have something to say about.
Anjum Iqbal, Manchester

I would very much like to see Rowan Atkinson discussing his stance on the incitement to racial hatred bill. Perhaps at the same time as David Davis and David Cameron?
Andrew Slattery, Edinburgh

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society. With the reintroduction of the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill by Lord Joffe on 10 October and the BMA voting to drop its opposition to assisted dying in June this year, she would be an excellent speaker on this subject.
Pauline Carroll, Bath

Will Self would be ideal to bring across straight and upfront views.
Kamrun, Portsmouth

You know you should have - if you could get her, that is - Madonna. Now don't laugh - she does live in the UK most of the year and it would be interesting to find out her views on current affairs in the UK as a mother raising kids here, etc. What a coup for Question Time it would be if she said yes !!!
Shane Powell, Portsmouth

Steve Chalke, of the homelessness charity Oasis Trust. He would actually give a Christian opinion that a lot of Christians would agree with, and also is able to comment on social and community issues here and abroad.
Zoe Bell, Nottingham

I would recommend more academics in general. Often the only academics who feature on the programme have been famous ones - I'm not saying that those who featured have not been interesting and effective panellists, they have, it would just be refreshing to have more, less famous, but nevertheless important academics.
Christopher Mason, Leeds

Harold Pinter: playwright, poet, political activist, Nobel Prize winner for literature.
Nichelle Bunyan, London

Jonathan Dimbleby... Might prove interesting
Paul Major, Swindon
Michael Parkinson - he has interviewed so many people over the years, it would be good to hear his own personal views on everyday and political matters.
Rebecca, Stafford

How about an 80s re-match with Maggie Thatcher, Neil Kinnock, David Steel and David Owen? I would be interested to see if their opinions have changed.
Adrian Kamper, Birmingham

Simon Heffer would be good, he always speaks sense. I would also like to hear Nick Griffin of the BNP, I'm tired of hearing second-hand reports, be brave BBC and lets hear the man speak for himself; we may not agree with what he says, but it would make great television!
Sue Shenton, Leicestershire

Robert Fisk of the Independent.
Mohammed Rifaat, Maidstone

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf (one of the best representatives of Islam I have ever come across).
Zafar Qamar, Birmingham

Jonathan Dimbleby... Might prove interesting.
Paul Major, Swindon

I think Question Time should invite Lord John Taylor of Warwick onto the show. As he is one of the few black Conservatives, I'd really like to get his perspective on the Tory leadership contest.
Stuart Young, London

Simon Jenkins the columnist. Cogent and valid contributions, perhaps a bit on the "Grumpy Old Man" side. He would make for informative and entertaining viewing.
Ersh Ali, Sunderland

Greg Palast... [Newsnight & Guardian]. "Old-time" investigative journalism at it's best!
Paul Major, Swindon

More people who see the bigger picture please. And there is generally too much tut-tutting, too much earnestness. Playwright David Hare would be good - there aren't enough artists on the show. Tracey Emin would be great fun, too. Richard Dawkins would be cool. And more people from mainland Europe: broader perspectives.
Trevor, London

Rob Newman (comedian/author) He has a brilliant political mind.
Dawn Thorpe, London

Subject experts from business and academic spheres would be so much more useful as the "5th panellist" than all these comedians that seem to get invited on. Eddie Izzard is one of the funniest guys around, but he clearly knew nothing about the EU.
Dean Gargano, London

I would like to see fewer celebrities and more "real" people
Neil Graham, London
How about someone from the "blogosphere"? There are some very knowledgeable and articulate commentators out there - Oliver Kamm and Laban Tall being just two.
Gavin McEwan, London

I would like to see fewer celebrities and more "real" people. When education is an issue why not get in a real teacher/headmaster or a GP/consultant to discuss health. It's really quite tedious listening to same old garbage from the politicians - let's hear from some people who really know what the problems are, and have a better idea on how to fix them.
Neil Graham, London

It's good to have a Christian view represented on the Question Time panel - but PLEASE can we have Elaine Storkey? (Director of TEAR Fund, and regular contributor to Thought for the Day). It would be so good to have her excellent debating skills on your programme.
Anne Roberts, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

How about Bono of U2 fame - to find out if his opinions and slogans have some depth and thought behind them. Let's get behind the wrap-around shades and test his mind!
Bruce Acton, Winchester

Instead of choosing someone like Stephen Green (presumably because you felt safe in the knowledge that he would be an entertaining target for ridicule and that his views could be easily dismissed) why not choose some more thoughtful and mainstream Christian public figures for your panel - like someone from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, or from The Jubilee Centre, or Tom Wright the Bishop of Durham.
Richard Espin-Bradley, Wolverhampton

Lets have Walter Wolfgang on the panel!!!
Teresa Pearce, London

Mervyn King - because I can't understand what he thinks he's doing and I'd love to hear more from him.
Edward, London

Why not bring Tariq Ramadan? There's been a lot of rumours and false things written about him and he is one of the most important thinkers in the Islamic world. Oh yeah, and he's European!
Jonah Khan Ahmed, London

I would like to suggest Bernard Manning!
Chris Packet, Sunderland

Nick Ferrari of LBC 97.3 An excellent speaker on the radio, he has such great views about London and British Politics, an extremely argumentative figure, who would be a brilliant panellist.
Simon Conway, London

You need two politicians and two "others" I think... George Monbiot, Christopher Hitchens, Gordon Brown and Alex Salmond. I'd pay a lot of money to see what those four, as a mix, could bring to the table.
Yan Limlerr, Belfast

Jay Smith. Omar Bakri Mohammed (the one with the hook) says that Jay is the only Christian he trusts. Jay is a full-on American evangelist doing a PhD in Islamic studies, and a fine polemicist - he once argued in a debate alongside Abu Hamza for the motion that "Islam is not compatible with the West". He'd be good for an episode of QT that focused specifically on Islam in Britain.
Phil C, London, England

It's time you had a regular contributor from the National Secular Society or Humanist Society on the programmes. Bearing in mind the amount of attention given to religious views and matters relating to religion and its influence in our society , input from such respected secular organisations would help to balance the comment and views.
Bob Green, Essex

I've seen Jo Brand on your panel before and she was wonderful. Return please and be sure to curtail her sometimes "flowery" language. Terry Wogan makes trivia of current news headlines but I suspect he would be a seriously astute panellist
Kim Strachan, Peebles

If you wish to have a Christian voice (as opposed to Voice), may I suggest Peter Kerridge, Chief Executive of Premier Christian Radio who, I believe, would bring a rounded, robust response to current questions.
Martin Parsons, Ascot

I would like to see the leaders from the BNP, UKIP and Greens on. It would make a very interesting show to hear what the three main smaller parties have to say. Nick Griffin would be the most interesting to see.
Peter Stafford, Liverpool



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