Any Questions?


The BBC engineers and transmission vehicles turned up in the morning to set up for the live broadcast.

BBC Radio 4's Any Questions was booked in the diary months ago, but their visit on 31st August was timely for Hebden Bridge as we were able to let the nation know that the summer's double flood hasn't knocked the passion or politics out of us.


The Waterfront Hall getting set up for the live broadcast of BBC Radio 4's Any Questions.

For everyone at The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge it was great opportunity to start to see the diverse range of uses of the Waterfront Hall and invite members of the community who haven't yet been in to the new building an opportunity to have a nosy round.


Steve setting up the microphones.


In the gallery for a sound check.

3 BBC engineers arrived on Friday morning for the set up, making sure everything was ready for the production team later in the day.


Isobel Eaton, producer on the day, making sure everything is running smoothly.

When the production team arrived in the afternoon their first job was to check the news; their priority to ensure that Any Questions is on the ball with breaking stories.  To help keep the programme as topical as possible members of the audience don't submit their questions for the panel until they arrive on the the evening of the broadcast.


Ready for the panel.

Our panel on the night was the Chief Political Correspondent of The Independent, Steve Richards, former Conservative MP, Edwina Currie, The Sunday Times columnist, Minette Marrin and the Chief Executive of the gay rights organisation Stonewall, Ben Summerskill.


A first for The Town Hall: Jonathan Dimbleby commented he had never seen another Any Questions venue project a Twitter feed.

Whilst the audience take their seats 45 minutes before the broadcast, Jonathan Dimbleby is working on his introduction and going through the chosen questions (which panel are not prepped on, probably proven by Edwina Currie's responses on the night) right up until the last minute.  The panel, presenter and producer do not take their seats in the hall until 5 minutes before going live, cutting it quite fine for any technical hitches.


The panel and audience in The Waterfront Hall for the live transmission.

The Hebden Bridge audience proved to be a passionate crowd, which we never doubted would be the case.  The production team left that night wanting to visit Hebden Bridge again sooner rather than later, and we look forward to welcoming them back.