Question Time To Broadcast From Prison

The BBC have announced that they will be broadcasting an edition of Question Time from Wormwood Scrubs Prison with contributions from inmates next Thursday.

You could be forgiven for thinking that any politicians sent down during the expenses scandal should probably not be given a platform to whinge about their demise, but apparently Dimbleby and his cronies will be talking to normal villains.

Ten prisoners from Wormwood Scrubs and ten prison officers will join 100 members of the public to discuss a range of issues next week, in a move that reflects the European ruling which extends the right to vote to some prisoners. Britain must comply to this ruling by November.

The inmates will be able to quiz justice secretary Ken Clarke, along with former home secretary Jack Straw and other panellists. The show will be recorded at around 8.30pm at the west London prison and aired at 10.35pm on BBC One.

Discussing the show, a BBC spokesman said: “There will be 10 prisoners, none of whom will have been serving for any violent crimes. They will be vetted by the prison staff and the BBC.

“The involvement in the debate of prisoners and prison staff will offer Question Time viewers a unique insight into their views on the issue of the right to vote as well as more general questions.”