Lichfield Cathedral To Be Venue for Radio 4’s Any Questions?
4th November 2011
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Would you like to ask Jonathan Dimbleby a question?

Since 1948, Any Questions? has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 every Friday and on January 27th 2012, the long-running debate show will be broadcast live from Lichfield Cathedral. Each week, Any Questions? visits a different community with a panel of four speakers who answer questions from an audience.

Lichfield will welcome the show’s host and one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters and journalists, Jonathan Dimbleby and he will present the show in the historical Nave of Lichfield Cathedral to a live audience. The panel of personalities for this edition of the topical discussion show will include former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett and novelist Will Self. 

Ticket holders for this event on January 27th at 8pm, can submit a question of choice on the day of the live broadcast and as per the strict rules of Any Questions? panellists will hear the chosen questions for the first time during the show and not before. 

Over the years, many figures of note have appeared as panellists, including most past and present leaders of the political parties, plus renowned writers such as Frederick Forsyth, Beryl Bainbridge and Fay Weldon, and many distinguished figures from the worlds of Arts, Science, Business and other areas of public life. 

The Lichfield Cathedral community looks forward very much to hosting this event in the New Year and hope for a night of lively and topical debate, welcoming 1.5 million listeners to the only three-spired medieval Cathedral in Britain. 

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield commented: 

“We are delighted to welcome BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ to Lichfield Cathedral. The programme makes a great contribution to public debate about all the big issues of the day, bringing together politicians, journalists and the public in a direct and accessible way. It always makes good listening and I’m greatly looking forward to the broadcast“. 

How to obtain tickets: 

Would you like to be part of this historical live broadcast and represent the City of Lichfield? To apply for a free ticket, applicants should contact:

Judith Ayton (Fundraising Officer, Lichfield Cathedral)

Telephone – 01543 306106      

Email – 

Please note that tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis and applications should be made early to avoid disappointment. 

Alternatively for those unable to attend, listeners can tune in after the 8 o’clock News on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 27th January or catch the repeat on Saturday 28th at 1.15pm. 

If you have a comment or question on the programme from Lichfield Cathedral or would like to take part in the Any Answers? phone in: 

Call 03700 100 444 (Calls will cost no more than calls to 01 and 02 geographic landlines).

You can also tweet your thoughts on the programme using the hashtag #bbcaq


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