Hosting Question Time

The BBC’s flagship political debate programme, Question Time, has been broadcast from Guildford High School. The Main Hall hosted the programme for the first time on Thursday 18 October 2018. 

Hosted by David Dimbleby, who has presented the show since 1994, it featured a panel comprised of: Conservative MP James Cleverly, Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Keir Starmer, The Economist Editor-in-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes, British stand-up comedian, actor, and radio presenter Nish Kumar and author and Conservative MP Michael Dobbs. 
 
As well as hosting the broadcast, the event also offered a fascinating opportunity for girls to go behind the scenes of one of the country’s best known debating programmes. Pupils met the production crew to find out more about how the show is put together each week.  Some were even able to get behind the cameras and try their hand at filming.  
 
Meanwhile a number of Sixth Form pupils were selected to form part of the Question Time audience during the evening recording and were asked to put their questions to the panel.  
Mrs Fiona Boulton, Headmistress, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to work with the BBC and host this week’s Question Time.  The show allows for free debate which is something we encourage our girls to do whether they are studying A Level Politics or representing the school in national debating competitions.”