**The BBC are happy to announce the panel for Any Question as Baroness Angela Smith, Shadow leader of the House of Lords, Sir Roger Scruton and Solicitor General Robert Buckland MP.**
Your chance to ask a question and influence the debate with BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?
Any Questions? follows the 8pm News every Friday. On Saturdays Any Questions? is repeated after the One O’Clock News and is followed at 2pm by Any Answers? If you have any comments for Any Answers? please call 03700 100 444.
The Roses is delighted to be the host venue for BBC Radio 4's Any Questions? on Friday 22 February.
Tickets are free of charge and can only be booked by contacting The Roses Box Office on 01684 295074 (or in person at the venue). Tickets are capped at 2 per person to ensure fairness of distribution.
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 has returned to production offices in Bristol once again.
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 programme has had four chairmen in its history. Freddie Grisewood was the first, steering the programme until December 1967 when David Jacobs took over. David Jacobs was chairman until July 1983; John Timpson chaired the programme until July 1987 after which Jonathan Dimbleby took the chair in September that year.
The most prolific panellist currently is the late Tony Benn, who first appeared in March 1951 and has contributed around 80 times to the programme. Over the years, many figures of note have appeared as panellists, including most past and present leaders of the political parties, plus renowned writers such as Frederick Forsyth, Beryl Bainbridge and Fay Weldon, and many distinguished figures from the worlds of the Arts, Science, Business and other areas of public life. A new generation of columnists and newspaper editors, such as Charles Moore, Max Hastings and Janet Street Porter, also appear regularly.
Currently, around 1.5 million people listen to the programme each week, the majority of them hearing the Saturday lunchtime repeat. The programme has only rarely had to come off air - once through audience disruption, once as a result of sabotage by disaffected schoolboys, and once during the Suez crisis when a Parliamentary ruling was breached. More recently the programme had to be pulled off the air in April 2011 as a result of an unfortunate disruption to the trains which rendered three of the four panellists unable to reach the programme venue in County Durham.
Any Questions? celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2018.