BBC Radio 4’s flagship political programme Any Questions? is coming to Ventnor Winter Gardens on Friday, June 1 and will be broadcast live from there across the UK.

The programme tours the country giving members of the public a chance to ask questions of a panel of four people on the most stimulating moral, political and social issues of the day.

The host is Jonathan Dimbleby and the panel includes leading politicians and people prominent in public life, who the BBC will select in the days running up to the broadcast.

Members of the winter gardens audience will be able to submit questions. If their question is selected by the BBC they will appear on the radio putting their question to the panel.

John Allen, the winter gardens marketing director, told the County Press he was “very excited to have this iconic BBC Radio 4 programme in Ventnor after the success of Mark Steel’s in Town last September, which was pretty merciless in poking fun at the town.”

Tickets for the event are free and can be obtained in person from Ventnor Winter Gardens in Pier Street from today (Friday, April 13) during normal opening hours. They will be limited to two tickets per person on a first come first served basis.

Any Questions? is in its 70th anniversary year and can be heard on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm on Friday with a repeat on Saturday lunchtime.

Currently around 1.5 million people listen each week.

Although the broadcast starts at 8pm the audience need to be at the venue by 7pm when they will be invited to submit their questions.