About Question Time

In the years since it was first broadcast on 25 September 1979, Question Time has become something of a national institution, offering British voters a unique opportunity to quiz top decision-makers on the events of the day.

For the past four years, David Dimbleby has hosted the programme, building on the authority and approachability of his predecessors, Sir Robin Day and Peter Sissons.

Each year, some 30,000 members of the public apply to join the debate.

The panels are drawn from significant figures in politics, industry, the media and entertainment.

But the heart of Question Time is the audience - both in the studio and at home. Until now that audience has been confined to BBCTV viewers. But now - for the first time - Question Time is open to everyone via the Internet. You can watch each programme on Real Video and join in the debate by sending your views to questiontime@bbc.co.uk

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