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Question Time comes to Tacchi-Morris!

30 October 2014

On Thursday 30 October we were delighted to welcome the BBC into our auditorium as they took up residence for the filming of the flagship show Question Time!

On Thursday 30 October we were delighted to welcome the BBC into our auditorium as they took up residence for the filming of the flagship show Question Time! 

 

Alongside celebrated host David Dimbleby, the panel consisted of:


Caroline Lucas, MP and former Green Party leader
Baroness Kramer, Liberal Democrats Transport Minister
Tristram Hunt, Labour Party MP and Shadow Education Secretary
Owen Paterson, Conservative MP
Anthony Horowitz, Novelist and screenwriter

 

The crew were at the centre for two days to set up the studio, although the filming itself takes only an hour as it is recorded in real time and is screened to the nation an hour later. Topics discussed included the de-criminalisation of drugs and a focus on a health-based approach rather than criminalisation for users; whether returning UK Jihadists should be tried for treason; a discussion about whether Britain should repay the £1.7 million bill from the EU by December 1st; questions regarding whether the UK’s benefits system is acting as a magnet causing spiralling immigration problems in Calais; and a question as to whether the UK will be expecting blackouts this winter following the current energy problems.

 

The event was also used as a platform to bring local issues to the fore including a protest  in response to the badger cull in Somerset which was championed by Conservative MP Owen Paterson, as well as questions regarding the environmental impact of Hinkley Point C.

 

The event also afforded students from The SPACE and Heathfield Community School a hugely valuable opportunity to learn about the processes ‘behind-the-scenes’ as they were given the opportunity to work the camera equipment and hold a boom microphone correctly. Students were also invited to take part in a mock panel with host himself David Dimbleby who chaired the debate with student panellists.

 

This event was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our wonderful centre to the programme’s three million viewers nationwide!

 

Photo: Clayton Jane Photography