Hoards of islanders approached with trepidation as BBC topical debate programme Question Time arrived on the Isle of Wight today by fishing trawler, ahead of filming the latest instalment of the popular discussion show.
Over one hundred curious locals gathered outside the proposed filming location, which was confirmed as a large cattle barn on the outskirts of southern town, Ventnor. The barn, which is still very much in operation, was deemed ‘the only structure safe enough’ for David Dimbleby and his team to host the one-hour show.
Hogarth Percy, a Shanklin resident who claims it was ‘his idea’ to use an over-turned cattle trough as an improvised desk for the panel of politicians, said: ‘I’m excited to be talking on the shiny box tonight – I’m asking a question on the proposed introduction of ‘boxed telephones’ to the Island. I best get my comb'.
After discovering that the Islanders last news update was the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, executive producer Steve Anderson has quickly re-written the topics of discussion to items more suitable for the immediate audience, including the Island’s recent ‘cow meat scandal’, when horse meat was found to be contaminated with traces of beef.
Host David Dimbleby, who admitted that arriving on location via donkey and cart was an ‘unusual but fun experience’, said: ‘We would like to apologise in advance to viewers for the grainy and shaky quality of tonights show, as a lack of power supply means we will be filming the entire programme on my iPhone 3GS’.