The popular politics show Question Time was filmed at Burton’s Town Hall last night, and proved to be an eventful end to the series - even featuring an unexpected appearance from David Dimbleby’s mobile phone.
The late-night show broadcast on BBC1 asks the public to set their questions for a panel of politicians and influential figures to respond.
Joining the host of the show, former journalist David Dimbleby, were Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Labour MP Richard Burgon and Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who recently made waves on social media after welcoming his sixth child, Sixtus.
Mirror columnist Susie Boniface and David Cameron’s former head of communications, Craig Oliver, completed the panel.
Passionate residents turned up to fire their questions at the panel on subjects varying from David Cameron’s comments on public sector workers, university tuition fees, foreign spending and Brexit. Those in the audience were quick to challenge the panel on their views, with one gentleman shouting over the Labour MP, claiming that he ‘lives in a bubble’.
Susie Boniface got a big applause from the crowd after her comments in support of the public sector. She said: “We do not have huge problems because of the public sector. The public sector, doing something for other people is what makes us a society. Without them we’re just feral. We need to say thank you to them.”
She was later interrupted by David Dimbleby’s mobile phone going off, much to the audience’s amusement, with the host claiming: “This is my stopwatch telling me it’s bedtime.”
It is the third time the show has been filmed in the town – the last time being in 2006, when Minister for Europe Geoff Hoon, top barrister Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former BBC war reporter Rageh Omar, Police Foundation chairman Jan Berry and children’s charity campaigner Lady Catherine Meyer appeared on the panel.
The new series will start on September 14, 2017 from Stratford, in East London.
Question Time crew enjoy a meal at a popular Burton eatery
After the show, David Dimbleby was joined by the production crew to enjoy a meal at The Winery, in Manor Drive, in the town centre.
The restaurant, which is part of the same group as Branston Golf and Country Club, is known for its high-quality food and extensive collection of wines.
A spokesman from the restaurant said: “Last orders are usually at 9pm, but the staff were more than happy to stay on and serve them.
“There were 10 in the party, and they loved the food. They thought it was fantastic and were very interested in the history of the Winery. Our staff very much enjoyed serving them.”