Any Questions? was first broadcast on Friday 12th October 1948; for the first eighteen months it was a West of England Home Service programme, run from Bristol. It moved to
Any Questions? was first broadcast on Friday 12th October 1948; for the first eighteen months it was a West of England Home Service programme, run from Bristol. It moved to London in April 1950, but after 61 years in the capital, it returned to the production offices in Bristol in 2011. Any Questions? is broadcast live on Radio 4 on most Friday evenings of the year following the 8pm news. The programme is repeated on Saturday lunchtimes at 1.10pm, and is followed at 2pm by the Any Answers? phone-in which gives listeners a chance to join in the debate by calling or e-mailing Anita Anand.
The programme travels throughout the United Kingdom, and occasionally to Europe, at the invitation of local organisations. The audience submits questions on the day of the broadcast and these are then sifted by the producer who selects ten questions across a range of subjects. Normally, four to six of them are included in the actual broadcast. One of the stringent and unchanging rules of Any Questions? is that the panel never sees the questions in advance; the panellists hear them for the first time at the same moment the audience in the hall and at home does.
The current presenter is the BBC Political Correspondent Chris Mason – he has been in the role since October 2019.
18.30 Doors open to the public. There is no bar before the event and access will only be through the main hall front doors.
19.25 The venue welcomes the audience followed by the BBC’s warm up from 19.30
19.45 The BBC Producer calls the questioners to the front row
20.00 BBC Radio 4 News Live
20.02 Live broadcast of Any Questions? (ends 20.50)
20.50 Bar open in the Dorey Room
The panel for the show is Dep Peter Ferbrache, Lord Digby Jones, Polly Toynbee and Jayne Ozanne.