Boston High School prepares to host BBC’s Question Time

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BBC’s flagship political show Question Time will be broadcast to the nation from Boston High School tomorrow (Thursday) night.

The BBC One show, hosted by David Dimbleby, will be filmed in the sports hall in the evening before being shown later at 10.35pm.

School acting principal Wendy Costin-Morris said staff and pupils are excited by the chance to host the show. She said: “It is quite a coup to be honest.”

Mrs Costin-Morris said that the Question Time team will be arriving to set up their equipment today, giving pupils a chance to see the inner-workings of a show that attracts more than two million viewers each week.

The school has a ‘young journalist academy’ which produces an online blog.

Mrs Costin-Morris said: “They are going to be speaking with the BBC crew and finding out about all the aspects of television journalism which will be brilliant for them.”

Students will also get to take part as the audience during a test run on the show earlier on tomorrow – with pupils pitching their questions to put to the panel.

The school was recommended to the BBC by someone who was aware that it was searching for a suitable venue to host the show in the town.

The panel will include UKIP leader Nigel Farage – who came to Boston in the build-up to May’s council elections – junior defence minister Anna Soubry for the Conservatives and Rastafarian poet Benjamin Zephaniah.