Topical debate show Question Time was broadcast on BBC1 from the Assembly Room at Chester Town Hall.

Published on 26th February 2019

A crew of 35 arrived at the venue earlier this week to set up the tiered seating for audience members and an impressive lighting rig surrounding the famous Question Time set.

Danielle Lloyd, head of production said, “We chose Chester Town Hall as a venue because when you think of Chester you instantly think of the beautiful buildings. The Town Hall is the icon for the City – and it’s the people’s venue. It’s where you would expect a town debate to take place.”

Fiona Bruce chaired the hour-long debate with a panel of guests from the worlds
of politics and media. 154 members of the public were in the audience and
posed political questions to the panel for discussion.

The panel included Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Conservative; Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Transport Secretary, Labour; Chris Leslie MP, former Labour MP, now a member of the newly formed Independent Group of MP’s; John Barnes, former England and Liverpool footballer; and Ella Whelan, commentator for the libertarian online website, Spiked.

Speaking on behalf of Chester Town Hall, Marietta Reynolds said:

“It was a privilege to host the team from Question Time and members of the public for the latest edition of the series. The show has been a British staple on screens for 40 years, as have we in the Chester landscape, this year celebrating our 150th Anniversary and the fruition of this project is just another example of the diversity of our space and what we can accommodate.”

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