• BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Bolton on Thursday, 26th March 2015.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Bolton where Conservative Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan MP; Labour’s Leader in Scotland, Jim Murphy MP; Plaid Cymru’s Leader, Leanne Wood AM; UKIP Immigration Spokesman, Steven Woolfe MEP and broadcaster and Independent on Sunday columnist, Janet Street-Porter face questions from the audience.  

    Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

    For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

  • Investigative journalist, Stacey Dooley, presenter of Mentorn Media’s ‘Beaten By My Boyfriend: Stacey Dooley Investigates’, will be part of a line-up of inspirational speakers as part of the Edinburgh International Television Festival’s EdTalks event.

    After the enormous popularity of EdTalks at last year’s Festival, UKTV are sponsoring the Talks as a year-round event, launching with Tomorrow’s People on March 26th and will be hosted by Ben Miller.

    Stacey joins space scientist and host of The Sky at Night, Dr Maggie Aderin-PocockMBE; inventor, Tom Lawton; and entrepreneur, gay-rights activist and potential contender for the Mayor of London, Ivan Massow, at Royal Overseas League in Mayfair on Thursday, 26th March at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (including booking fees) and are available from http://www.geitf.co.uk.

    Stacey is an acclaimed presenter and her new BBC Three documentary ‘Beaten By My Boyfriend: Stacey Dooley Investigates’ made by Mentorn Media, which transmits on 25th March at 9pm, will see her go behind closed doors and speak to the now younger face of domestic violence.  She questions victims and abusers to try and understand how deep the issues surrounding domestic abuse are for those who have survived, and those currently experiencing the abuse.

    Stacey also joins the Lancashire police as they deal with their 9000 domestic abuse cases per year, as well as getting exclusive access to the national centre of domestic violence and their frontline order server, as he comes face to face with abusers.

    In addition Stacey visits one of the few perpetrator reform programmes in the UK, and gets to quiz the home secretary Theresa May in an interview.

    For more information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com or victoria@plankpr.com.

  • BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Glasgow on Thursday, 5th March 2015.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Glasgow where Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP; SNP Minister for Europe, Humza Yousaf MSP; Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson MSP; Labour’s Deputy Leader in Scotland, Kezia Dugdale MSP; journalist, Toby Young and crime writer Val McDermid, face questions from the audience.  

    Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

    For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

  • After three successful runs BBC Three has commissioned a fourth series of Free Speech it was announced today (TUESDAY).

    The live current affairs debate programme for those aged 16-34 returns this month with a series of election specials.

    The first of the election specials, entitled Free Speech: I’m Ed Miliband Ask Me Anything, will air on Thursday 12th March on BBC Three, and will see the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Milliband, face an audience of over a hundred voters, for an unscripted hour of tough and uncensored questions.

    The new series will be presented by Rick Edwards, who will resume the role of host and will chair the audience contributions, and Tina Daheley who moderates the comments from the online audience. 

    By combining the online and TV experience in a way that reflects how its audience is watching and consuming media, the series will continue to find out what its audience are talking about. Previous topics have included immigration, mental health, sexuality and religion, and this series will continue to tackle the subjects and issues that affect young people today.

    Free Speech will also maintain its presence online, producing content daily for Facebook and Twitter. The show now has over 30,000 Facebook likes, with debate graphics, short films and other ‘viral’ content regularly reaching an audience of millions via social media.

    Free Speech has been commissioned by Darren Kemp, Commissioning Editor Current Affairs for the BBC. Hayley Valentine is the Executive Producer and Brendan Miller is the series producer for Mentorn Media.

    BBC Three Controller, Damian Kavanagh, said: “It’s brilliant that Free Speech is back on BBC Three giving our young audience the opportunity to ask politicians the questions that matter to them.”

    Hayley Valentine, Mentorn's Director of Current Affairs added: “It’s fantastic news that Free Speech will be returning to BBC Three at such an important time of the year. In the world of politics young people are often an under represented group, so we’re extremely proud that we’re able to give them the chance to have their voices heard on matters that they care deeply about.”

    Brendan Miller, Series Producer Mentorn Media said:  “Most political shows involve important people talking to other important people. We’re different in that we have regular people setting the agenda, and for that reason you never quite know what’s going to happen.”