TV royalty comes to Wallace High

Stirling’s Wallace High School last night played host to BBC’s Question Time.

The school’s theatre was transformed into a television studio to accommodate presenter David Dimbleby, his guest panel and audience.

An exclusive interview with the veteran presenter prior to the show’s recording gave some insight into how the panel for the programme is chosen:

“There is always a danger when we go to Scotland that the audience is bored with local politicians, who appear on Scottish television all the time.

“We level this out by not choosing an entirely Scottish panel or issues exclusive to Scotland, but looking at the issues from a Scottish angle.

“This is key to keeping it interesting for everyone.”

When asked what he was expecting from the evening, Mr. Dimbleby replied:

“A lively audience and a really interesting programme with a Scottish dimension.”

The audience did not disappoint and panellist and activist, Cat Boyd, found herself on the receiving end of catcalls such as:

“You shouldn’t even be here” and “you’re nothing but a hypocrite”, prompting the host to intervene with:

“There is a rule on Question Time that you listen to what the panel has to say, even if you disagree.”

Fellow panellists did not escape unscathed either, with Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng being branded a “liar” and Moneyweek Editor, Merryn Somerset-Webb, being subjected to boos and shouts of “rubbish” and “pure fantasy”.

Audience member, Aodhan Byrne, 23, who lives in Stirling and works for MSP Keith Brown, said of the experience:

“The crowd was a bit more heckly than usual tonight. I don’t know if that’s because it was in Scotland or because you don’t notice these things on TV.”

Aaron, a 19 year-old Stirling university student, originally from Inverness, added:

“They warmed people up really well at the beginning, which probably led to more heckles.
“There were even more heckles in there tonight than I’ve seen at a David Carr show.”

Prentice Baynes, 19, from Dumfries and Galloway, asked a question on the show. Speaking afterwards, he said:

“It was a good crowd. Lots of good questions asked and I think the crowd really put the panel to the test.

“It was a bit more lively than I expected but I guess that’s what happens when passions run high, especially in politics.”

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