Question Time seats available

RESIDENTS have the chance to be in the audience when a popular programme returns to Hartlepool.

The BBC's flagship Question Time programme is to be broadcast from The Borough Hall, on the Headland, in Hartlepool, later this month.

Producers say they are yet to confirm which MPs and media commentators will make up the five-strong panel of guests for the show on Thursday, July 22.

But the application process to be a member of the audience on the night is now open and producers are asking residents to register their interest.

The popular show, which goes out after the 10 O'Clock news on BBC1, has been filmed in town before in 2002 and 2006.

The panel, which is made up of four MPs and a commentator, is chaired by David Dimbleby, who has been in charge for more than 15 years.

Invited Question Time audience members will be asked to submit their questions before they are taken into the mock studio inside the Borough Hall.

A team of researchers will then sift through the best questions before the show is recorded.

Panel members are not allowed to see the questions before they are put to them by members of the audience, which is expected to be around 100-strong.

A BBC spokesman said Question Time always attempts to reflect a political balance in the audience make-up.

To apply to be an audience member, log on to the BBC website and fill in the application form or call (01299) 829299.

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