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Any Questions? is a BBC Radio 4 programme. It is broadcast at 8 pm on Fridays and 1:10 pm on Saturdays.[3]

Any Questions?
GenreTopical discussion[1]
Running time50 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Language(s)English
Home stationBBC Radio 4
Hosted byCurrent:
Jonathan Dimbleby (1987–2019)[2]

Former:
Freddie Grisewood (1948–1967)
David Jacobs (1967–1984)
John Timpson (1984–1987)
Original release12 October 1948 – Present
WebsiteAny Questions?

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OriginsEdit

Any Questions? was first broadcast in October 1948 in the West of England, before broadcasting nationally in 1950.

The programme has broadcast on BBC Radio 4 since April 1970.[4]

FormatEdit

Any Questions? is a "topical discussion in which a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media, and elsewhere are posed questions by the audience."[5]

PresentersEdit

CurrentEdit

Jonathan Dimbleby has served as the predominant chair since 1987.

Shaun Ley, Ritula Shah and Edward Stourton have all deputised for Dimbleby.

In March 2019, it was announced that Dimbleby would step down "at the end of June" and that the next chair would be "appointed in due course".[6][7][8]

FormerEdit

Any Questions? was chaired by Freddie Grisewood from 1948 to 1967, by David Jacobs from 1967 to 1984, and by John Timpson from 1984 to 1987.[9]

LocationsEdit

VenuesEdit

Any Questions? broadcasts from a different location each week.[10]

Among others, Any Questions? has broadcast from educational institutions, performing arts venues, and local government buildings, including:

Notable editionsEdit

First editionEdit

Any Questions? was first broadcast on 12 October 1948. The first edition was broadcast from the Guildhall in Winchester.[49]

DemonstratorsEdit

During a November 1976 edition broadcast from Basingstoke, "stone-throwing demonstrators" smashed windows.

Politician Enoch Powell—known for the Rivers of Blood speech, in which he spoke about mass immigration—was on the panel, and demonstrators decided "to make their views heard."[50]

PrisonEdit

In September 1991, Any Questions? came from Norfolk's Wayland Prison.

The audience was made up of prisoners, whom had prison officers sat beside them.

After the programme finished, the prisoners—without their officers—"crowded around" presenter Jonathan Dimbleby. One "confronted" Dimbleby, saying: "I want to ask you something, because we’re quite cross here." After Dimbleby felt a moment of "alarm," the prisoner continued: "why do we only hear Test Match Special, now on longwave?" Dimbleby had "no answer," but felt "very relieved."[51][52]

Stuck in trafficEdit

In March 1993, Any Questions? broadcast during snowy weather. Then Conservative chair Norman Fowler was stuck in traffic. However, Fowler managed to do the programme on his mobile phone.

Presenter Jonathan Dimbleby went to Fowler first as "phone batteries used to run out very quickly." Fowler's first words were: "Good evening Jonathan, I find myself at something of a disadvantage here." At which point, fellow panellist Labour's then Shadow Foreign Secretary Jack Cunningham said: “Of course you are, you are in the Cabinet which is ruining the country!”[53][54]

60th anniversaryEdit

In October 2008, Any Questions? returned to Winchester for its 60th anniversary edition.

On the panel at the Henry Beaufort School, were: Labour MP Harriet Harman, historian and academic Peter Hennessy, Conservative politician Oliver Letwin, and Liberal Democrat Shirley Williams.[55][56]

Nadine Dorries on-air mishapEdit

In a June 2011 edition, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries confused a question on the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix with London's hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[57][58]

2013 New York specialEdit

In April 2013, Any Questions? presented a "special edition" from New York, "to mark the first 100 days of President Obama's second term."

On the panel, were: Democratic Member of Congress Donna Edwards, Reuters editor-at-large Harry Evans, Republican Member of Congress Nan Hayworth, and Democratic politician, former Attorney General and Governor of New York state Eliot Spitzer.

This edition was broadcast from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[59][60]

70th anniversaryEdit

In October 2018, Any Questions? held its 70th anniversary edition at the House of Commons.

On the panel, were: Conservative politician Tom Pursglove, Scottish Labour Party MP Danielle Rowley, online estate agent Akshay Ruparelia, Our Future Our Choice co-founder Lara Spirit, and Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stephens.

The panel answered questions on climate change, mental health and social media, Brexit, and housing.

Its panel and audience were aged 18-30.[61]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Any Questions? genre".
  2. ^ "Jonathan Dimbleby to step down from Any Questions?".
  3. ^ "Any Questions? broadcast times".
  4. ^ "Any Questions? first broadcast".
  5. ^ "Any Questions? format".
  6. ^ "Any Questions? chair".
  7. ^ "Any Questions? presenters".
  8. ^ "Dimbleby steps down from Any Questions?".
  9. ^ "Former Any Questions? presenters".
  10. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from a different location each week".
  11. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from Ashlawn School".
  12. ^ "Any Questions? visits Birmingham Repertory Theatre".
  13. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from Bishop Luffa School".
  14. ^ "Any Questions? comes from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy".
  15. ^ "Any Questions? visits Bridlington Priory".
  16. ^ "Brockenhurst College hosts Any Questions?".
  17. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from Brooklands College".
  18. ^ "Ormiston Bushfield Academy hosts Any Questions?".
  19. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from Ceredigion Museum".
  20. ^ "Coventry Cathedral hosts Any Questions?".
  21. ^ "Any Questions? visits Crickhowell High School".
  22. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from Falmouth University".
  23. ^ "Giggleswick School hosts Any Questions?".
  24. ^ "Any Questions? visits Hayesfield Girls' School".
  25. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from Hoddinott Hall".
  26. ^ "House of Commons hosts Any Questions?".
  27. ^ "Any Questions? comes from Lady Margaret School".
  28. ^ "Leeds Minster hosts Any Questions?".
  29. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from Leeds Trinity University".
  30. ^ "Any Questions? comes from Manchester Metropolitan University".
  31. ^ "Any Questions? comes from Middlesbrough Town Hall".
  32. ^ "Any Questions? comes from Oxford Town Hall".
  33. ^ "Sevenoaks School hosts Any Questions?".
  34. ^ "Any Questions? visits Sheffield Cathedral".
  35. ^ "St John's Wood Church hosts Any Questions?".
  36. ^ "Any Questions? visits the University of Aberdeen".
  37. ^ "Any Questions? visits the University of Chester".
  38. ^ "Any Questions? visits the University of East London".
  39. ^ "Any Questions? comes from the University of Glasgow".
  40. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from the University of Worcester".
  41. ^ "Valley Park School hosts Any Questions?".
  42. ^ "Any Questions? comes from Wellington Church".
  43. ^ "Any Questions? visits Westminster Synagogue".
  44. ^ "Weston Museum hosts Any Questions?".
  45. ^ "Any Questions? comes from Wheatley Park School".
  46. ^ "Winstanley College hosts Any Questions?".
  47. ^ "Any Questions? visits Worthing College".
  48. ^ "Any Questions? comes from Wyedean School".
  49. ^ "First edition of Any Questions?".
  50. ^ "Politician's visit led to radio show demo".
  51. ^ "Any Questions? from Wayland Prison".
  52. ^ "Jonathan Dimbleby on presenting an edition of Any Questions? from a prison".
  53. ^ "Any Questions? edition featuring Jack Cunningham and Norman Fowler".
  54. ^ "Seven Surprising Moments from Any Questions?".
  55. ^ "BBC's Any Questions? 60th anniversary in Winchester".
  56. ^ "Any Questions? 60th anniversary panel".
  57. ^ "On-air mishap by Nadine Dorries".
  58. ^ "Nadine Dorries mishap edition".
  59. ^ "Any Questions? from New York".
  60. ^ "Any Questions? broadcasts from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism".
  61. ^ "Any Questions? 70th anniversary".

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