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When can I watch Question Time?

Question Time is broadcast on Thursdays at 2235 GMT on BBC One.

An edited repeat of the main Question Time programme goes out on Saturdays at 2030 GMT on the BBC News channel.

Is the programme live?

Question Time is recorded in front of a live audience from around 2030 GMT each Thursday. The reasons for not broadcasting live at 2235 GMT are to limit inconvenience to spectators and guests (enabling them to appear on the programme at locations across the country and still return to their homes at a reasonable hour) and maximise the number of leading politicians and political commentators willing to take part in the programme.

The recording is done in a single take, precisely as if it were broadcast live. Some exchanges occasionally have to be edited out for legal or taste/decency reasons.

Any text messages sent in when the programme goes out at 2235 GMT are live responses to the guests' remarks as they are broadcast and the subsequent text exchanges on Ceefax are also live. Guests are not warned in advance about questions to be asked.

Can I watch the programme on this website?

Yes. Viewers in the UK can watch the latest programme online using the iPlayer link on the top right of the Question Time homepage

What about previous programmes?

Question Time programmes are now available on the BBC iPlayer in the UK for 365 days following transmission and are listed here. Please note this facility covers editions dating from 23 April 2009 only.

You can search for earlier Question Time programmes dating back to 16 November 2006 using the search tool on the BBC News website. They will appear within the "News And Sport Clips" section and will play in the BBC News Player console. Please note not all programmes are available.

A selection of special Question Time programmes, including the Best of Question Time programme marking the series' 25-year anniversary, are also available here:

Why will the video not work?

There is advice on using iPlayer available here:

And there is a Help link at the bottom of the News Player console. This includes advice on how to choose to watch in either Real Player or Windows Media Player format and, for UK users only, how to watch in broadband quality. Advice is also available here:

Can I get a transcript of items on the programme?

Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to provide individual transcripts of every programme.

Can I get a recording of an item on the programme?

Again, we don't have the resources to provide individual tapes of items on the programme.

How does Question Time select its audiences and panel members?

A former executive editor of Question Time explains the process here:

How can I take part in the programme?

Here at the Question Time website you can:

How can I make a complaint about Question Time?

To make a formal complaint about Question Time or any other BBC programme or service, please visit the

Can you tell me about job opportunities/work experience?

All BBC jobs are advertised at The site also includes information on careers and trainee schemes within the BBC.
All BBC work experience queries should be directed to:
BBC Work Experience, PO Box 27118, London, W12 8ZL Tel: 020 8225 9883 Email:

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