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Could you be the People's Panellist?

Have you got what it takes to hold your own alongside the country's decision-makers on BBC One's flagship political programme?

Would you like to be a panellist on Question Time?

For the fourth year running, BBC One's Question Time has a place on its panel for a well-informed, articulate young person aged between 18 and 21 on 9th July 2009.

With guidance from the normal production team, Schools Question Time will be made by a team of eight student producers.

The students come from four different schools across the UK and this special edition of the programme will be broadcast on 9 July in Salford.

How to enter

David Dimbleby and some of the student producers on the Question Time set
David Dimbleby with some of the student producers on set

"We need you to be a formidable opponent to politicians and represent the youth with vigour, enthusiasm and understanding," says student producer Tom Shane. "You must not back down under pressure, nor be afraid to take anyone down with rigorous argument and inspiring debate."

To apply, please record a short video to demonstrate why you would make the best panellist. The video can be shot using a camera or mobile phone and should be no more than one minute in length.

You must then send it to our YouTube page

Remember, you must be aged between 18 and 21 on 9th July 2009 and living in the UK to apply. The closing date is Sunday 14 June (midnight).

Entries must not be unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, homophobic or racially offensive.

Please do not swear or use other words which might offend.

And do not upload content which you have copied from someone else and do not own the copyright.

You can access the full terms and conditions here: Terms and conditions

The selection process

Shortly after the closing date, five applicants will be invited to make up a panel for an 'off-air' Question Time-style debate chaired by David Dimbleby.

Two weeks prior to the Schools Question Time event, a video of this preliminary debate will be posted on our YouTube page and the general public will be invited to comment on who they think would make the most effective debater.

We are not looking at the volume of correspondence each candidate attracts. Rather we will take comments into account which offer telling observations; are thoughtfully written from the point of view of the wider Question Time audience; or add a special insight or critique.

However, the final editorial decision in selecting the People's Panellist rests with the BBC as executive editors of the programme.

The winner will be announced at the beginning of the Question Time programme on 9 July.

Audience applications

If you would like to be in the audience for this special programme, we will be accepting applications from 15 June.

Come back to this page then for details on how to apply.

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