BBC Television have run a current affairs and political panel program called Question Time, on the flagship BBC1 channel, at 10pm on a Thursday, for the last 40 years. The panel consists of politicians,journalists,artists, comedians,union leaders and various assorted vested interests spokespersons.
The BBC stoutly maintains impartiality in that the questions are chosen by the audience and that they have no input into what will be asked. And this is true. Up to a point.
The editor chooses the final questions, and gets to invite whomever they like onto the panel and choose the location, so in fact they have editorial control.
The object of the quiz is to guess the questions that the audience will ask, that will be allowed by the editor, to be given to the panel.
For the many readers who don't own a telly, or wish to watch the program, actually viewing it isn't a requirement. Simply consider what the 4 or 5 stories of the week are and enter those into the comments. That's all there is. Pick the most talked about topics of the week.
However to play at the high level of a Ms S-J, Malcolm Tucker or a Botogol
a little more cunning is required.
Some hints for victory.
- The panel are listed. Often the people are picked because they will hold violently opposing views. If they could they would have Ed Balls and George Osborne on the panel, with a question about budgets.
- This is an entertainment television show dressed up as a serious discussion program. The editor will often, but not always, pick the most delicious story of the week. So this week, for example, a question on another Greek handout is unlikely, whilst a Max Mosely hooker hand-job, is a possibility.
- The location matters. If the panel is in Glasgow, the questions will be from a Glasgow audience, and reflect Glasgow politics and news.
- The BBC week runs from Thursday to Thursday, which often catches many regulars out. If you think back, last Thursday's very big news has yet to be discussed.
- Final hint. Its a BBC program. They do tend to ask BBC type questions.
And also,sometimes, for no real reason.
So, now is your chance to enter. Brand new competition!
Enter your guesses here, or on the main quiz tomorrow evening.