Top radio show Any Questions? coming to port

St Nicholas Parish Church (Fleetwood) is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Father Paul Benfield.
St Nicholas Parish Church (Fleetwood) is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Father Paul Benfield.
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The long-­running radio show Any Questions? is to be broadcast live from St Nicholas Church in Fleetwood.

The topical debate show is coming to the church, on the corner of Broadway and Highbury Avenue, on Friday July 1.

Jonathan Dimbleby in action on Any Questions.

Jonathan Dimbleby in action on Any Questions.

Jonathan Dimbleby, the veteran broadcaster, will chair the programme.

Most of the panelists are not yet known, but Graham Brady MP, Chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, is to be among them.

Coming a week after the Referendum there is likely to be lively discussion and debate.

Audience members are invited to hand in one or more questions as they arrive.

Mr Dimbleby and the producer will then choose which to use, and those whose questions are chosen are asked to sit at the front to ready to ask them live on air. After some warm-up questions, the audience in St Nicholas Church will hear the Radio 4 News at 8pm and then the programme goes ‘live’ at 8.02pm.

It is repeated on Radio 4 the next day at 1.10pm, followed Any Answers? when listeners can phone in with comments.

Fr Paul Benfield, vicar of St Nicholas, said: “It is an honour to host such a famous programme at St Nicholas and to welcome distinguished guests.”

In similar fashion to the TV show, Question Time, which is presented by Mr Dimbleby’s brother, David, Any Questions? travels the country, calling at different venues which have applied to be included.

The audience is asked to arrive from 6.45pm on July 1 and to be seated by 7.15pm.

Admission to the show is by ticket only, which can be obtained free from Fr Paul Benfield at St Nicholas Vicarage on (01253) 874402.