The latest edition of BBC’s flagship political show Question Time came to south London last Thursday (28 February).
Now presented by Fiona Bruce it was filmed live at St Dunstan’s College in Catford.
The independent college’s Great Hall was transformed into the BBC set and during the day the production team ran two sessions with St Dunstan’s students, with the pupils taking hold of the cameras and sitting in with the production trucks.
Later on in the day, a group of students got to have their moment with presenter Fiona Bruce as they took part in a sound check and show rehearsal. Fiona put the students through their paces asking them their thoughts on major political topics such as Brexit.
Ahead of the recording, five of our Sixth Formers took part in meeting and greeting the guests and escorting them to the green room. They included Labour MP Barry Gardiner, Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi and Lib Dem MP, Layla Moran.
The students took this time as an opportunity to speak to the MPs on issues such as Brexit, a People’s Vote and the current situation of British politics. The MPs praised the Sixth Formers’ questions with Barry Gardiner joking he was getting a harder time from the students than he would do on the Question Time panel.
A spokesperson for the College said: ‘St Dunstan’s College was delighted to host BBC Question Time at the College, especially at such a momentous time in British politics. It was a fantastic opportunity for all of our students with many taking part in the sessions with the production and editorial teams.’
St Dunstan’s Sixth Former, Beth Atkinson-Clark, said: ‘’The experience of getting to watch Question Time live from the balcony was my highlight of the evening, especially as we had greeted the MPs before which was very exciting, I even got to ask one of them some questions. It is important to be interested in politics, as it determines the future of not only yourself, your family and your friends but of the whole country. Shows like Question Time are very important as they get people more engaged in political issues’
Sinem Ishlek, also in the Sixth Form, added: ‘I was absolutely delighted to meet Fiona Bruce and the panellists. Fiona Bruce enabled everyone on the panel a chance to have their say, which fuelled stimulating and constructive discussions throughout the whole show. During this precarious era of British politics, I strongly believe that our society, young or old, must debate and discuss about their own opinions and values. Through this approach, established ideas are challenged and progressed in order to create an ideal environment to foster creativity and innovation for everyone.’
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