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Radio 4 ‘Any Questions’ at Aston University

Any Questions

9 February 2015

Just weeks before the most hotly contested and unpredictable General Election in 80 years, Aston University will host the heavy hitting BBC political show ‘Any Questions?’


Major figures from the country’s main political parties will be grilled by the programme’s formidable presenter, Jonathan Dimbleby, and members of the audience – which you can be part of free of charge. Simply book a ticket here * (minimum age for audience members is 14) and come to the show armed with a pressing question you want answered.

Any Questions?, which has been running on BBC Radio 4 for 76 years, is due to be broadcast live from the University’s Great Hall to an audience of millions on Friday 20 March.

It will take place in the middle of a fiercely fought election campaign, as politicians scramble to convince the electorate to vote for their respective parties before they go to the polls on 7 May. Experts have commented that the outcome of the election is currently too difficult to call, with the rise of UKIP and the Scottish National Party leaving the political landscape in a state of flux.

Issues set to dominate the campaign look to be the economy and the rate of its recovery, the funding crisis facing the NHS, frontline cuts to welfare services, the scale and nature of immigration and the UK’s relationship with the European Union. The recording of Any Questions? will give you the chance to raise your concerns about these issues and more, holding the people making key decisions about them to account.

The programme was first broadcast on 12 October 1948 and has been an almost ever present on the airwaves since. The panel of guests, who often include personalities from the worlds of politics, the media and elsewhere, are never shown any of the questions put to them in advance.

Jonathan Dimbleby is the current chairman of Any Questions?, a role he has performed since 1987. He has anchored ITV’s coverage of several General Elections and written numerous books on subjects as diverse as Winston Churchill, Prince Charles and travelling through Russia.

Book tickets for the free recording of Any Questions? here. The show will take place on Friday 20 March in Aston University’s Great Hall in its Main Building. Doors open to the public at 6.30pm, with the live broadcast commencing at 8pm.

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For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk