When is the next Election TV debate and will Theresa May take part?

Helena Horton
Theresa May will appear with her rivals on the BBC during the debates - PA

The leaders of each major political party are due to appear on the BBC during the General Election to put their cases to the nation.

There will be over 10 hours of prime-time programming on the state broadcaster, with programmes taking multiple different formats.

When will the shows be on?
  • A seven-way debate will be aired on BBC One on the 31st May from 19.30-21.00.
  • Parties represented in the debate will be Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Ukip, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens. 
  • On the 2nd June, David Dimbleby will host the Question Time Special with Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May live from York at primetime on BBC1.
  • On the 4th June, the veteran host will present a second Question Time Special with Tim Farron and Nicola Sturgeon at primetime on BBC1.
  • Also on the 4th June, the BBC will host Election Questions to Leanne Wood on BBC One in Wales at 22.30-23.00 and in England from 23.00-23.30.
  • Election Questions to Paul Nuttall will take place on the 4th June from Bristol on BBC One at 22.30-23.00 in England and then at 23.00-23.30 in Wales.
  •  The Newsbeat Youth debate will take part on the 6th June with an audience of 16-34 year olds, hosted by Tina Daheley in Manchester featuring leading politicians from the seven main parties. It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 and the BBC News Channel at 9pm, then on BBC One at 22.40.
What format will the shows take?

After great feedback from the 2015 election, the BBC decided to broadcast another Question Time special this year. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will be questioned separately by David Dimbleby and the audience.

There will be a debate with politicians from all seven of the main parties, but it will not be attended by Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn.

Will Theresa May appear?

Many have asked Theresa May whether she will appear in a debate with the other party leaders, with the Daily Mirror sending a reporter dressed as a chicken to chase her around.

Theresa May will appear on the Question Time special with David Dimbleby, but not in the leader's debate.

She will send a senior spokesperson to take her place during the seven-way debate between senior figures in the political parties.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has also refused to appear.

There will also be a leader's debate on ITV

However, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will not take part.

The debate will be broadcast live on ITV from 8pm on Thursday 18 May, moderated by presenter Julie Etchingham.

Senior figures from the seven main parties will be there.

You can submit your questions for it here.

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