The panel during a recording of a 2016 episode in the Nexus Methodist Church, Bath
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Home station||BBC Radio 4|
|Hosted by||Current: |
Chris Mason (2019–)
Freddie Grisewood (1948–1967)
David Jacobs (1967–1984)
John Timpson (1984–1987)
Jonathan Dimbleby (1987–2019)
|Original release||12 October 1948 – present|
Any Questions? was first broadcast in October 1948, beginning as a fortnightly programme in the West of England Home Service and was originally intended to run for six editions only. It became a weekly programme in September 1949, broadcast live in the West Region on Friday evenings with a national repeat transmission in the Home Service up to six days later.
This pattern changed in September 1950 when the live Friday broadcast was switched to the BBC Light Programme (BBC Radio 2 from October 1967), although the discussion still came from venues in the West of England and the programme continued to be repeated later in the Home Service (BBC Radio 4 from October 1967).
On 10 April 1970, the Friday broadcast moved to Radio 4 and it is that network which has broadcast both the live and the recorded editions of Any Questions? ever since that date.
In March 2019, Dimbleby announced that he would "stand down... at the end of June." Shaun Ley, Ritula Shah, Ed Stourton, and Julian Worricker, served as interim moderators. In October 2019, Chris Mason was announced as Dimbleby's successor.
During a November 1976 edition broadcast from Basingstoke, "stone-throwing demonstrators" smashed windows. Politician Enoch Powell—known for the Rivers of Blood speech, in which he spoke about mass immigration—was on the panel, and demonstrators decided "to make their views heard."
In September 1991, Any Questions? came from Norfolk's Wayland Prison. The audience was made up of prisoners, who had prison officers sat beside them. After the programme finished, the prisoners—without their officers—"crowded around" presenter Jonathan Dimbleby. One "confronted" Dimbleby, saying: "I want to ask you something, because we're quite cross here." After Dimbleby felt a moment of "alarm", the prisoner continued: "Why do we only hear Test Match Special now on longwave?" Dimbleby had "no answer", but felt "very relieved".
Presenter Jonathan Dimbleby went to Fowler first as "phone batteries used to run out very quickly." Fowler's first words were: "Good evening Jonathan, I find myself at something of a disadvantage here." At which point, fellow panellist Labour's then Shadow Foreign Secretary Jack Cunningham said: “Of course you are, you are in the Cabinet which is ruining the country!”
In October 2008, Any Questions? returned to Winchester for its 60th anniversary edition.
On the panel were: Democratic Member of Congress Donna Edwards, Reuters editor-at-large Harry Evans, Republican Member of Congress Nan Hayworth, and Democratic politician, former Attorney General and Governor of New York state Eliot Spitzer.
In October 2018, Any Questions? held its 70th anniversary edition at the House of Commons.
On the panel were: Conservative politician Tom Pursglove, Scottish Labour Party MP Danielle Rowley, online estate agent Akshay Ruparelia, Our Future Our Choice co-founder Lara Spirit, and Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stephens.
Its panel and audience were aged 18-30.
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