John Lydon to appear on Question Time

Singer will join panel that includes Louise Mensch and Alan Johnson on 5 July. Let's hope he doesn't 'do an Alex James'

John Lydon will appear on BBC1 current affairs show Question Time on 5 July. The outspoken punk veteran will join a panel that includes Conservative MP Louise Mensch, energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, and former home secretary Alan Johnson to discuss the week's events. Given that Mensch is married to Metallica manager Peter Mensch and that Johnson played in various bands before entering politics, this could be the most rocking Question Time ever.

Lydon follows in the footsteps of musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Alex James and Will Young, who have also debated with public figures on the programme. The discussion will be filmed in Derby, to air at 10:35pm.

More than 30 years after the Sex Pistols' bad behaviour ruined the career of TV presenter Bill Grundy,
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John Lydon, Louise Mensch for 'Question Time'

John Lydon, Louise Mensch for 'Question Time'
John Lydon and Louise Mensch are among the guests confirmed for tomorrow's (July 5) Question Time. Other panellists for the show, which will be filmed in Derby and hosted by David Dimbleby, include former Home Secretary Alan Johnson, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey and journalist Dominic Lawson. The full lineup was confirmed today on the official BBC Question Time Twitter account. Other musicians who (more)
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10 ways to improve 10 O'Clock Live

Channel 4's comedy current affairs show returns tonight – but can it make more of an impact this time? Perhaps, if it follows these simple steps …

It launched last year in a blaze of publicity, only to initially falter in the face of high expectations – and, it must be said, some serious flaws in the programme. But 10 O'Clock Live did at least end its run more confidently than it began, and tonight Channel 4's answer to The Daily Show returns for a second series. Channel 4 clearly has faith in it, but what could make this season better than the last? Here are 10 ideas:

1: Launch it softly

Remember how annoying the pre-publicity for 10 O'Clock Live was last year? For months you couldn't turn on a TV, open a newspaper or walk down the street without seeing the giant faces of Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne
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10 O'Clock Live – review

Ten O'Clock Live isn't yet The Daily Show, but this was a highly promising, confident debut

Stuart Heritage: Could 10 O'Clock Live ever match the hype?

British TV producers are curiously obsessed with reproducing two formats which, for reasons of age or geography, most of the UK audience has never seen: the government-shaking BBC satire That Was The Week That Was, which ran from 1962-63, and Jon Stewart's cult American franchise The Daily Show. Channel 4's 10 O'Clock Live became the latest show to try to raise the ghost of TW3 and channel Stewart.

In a brave scheduling decision, the new show – an hour of topical material from David Mitchell, Jimmy Carr, Lauren Laverne and Charlie Brooker – will fight for the political viewing constituency with the BBC's Newsnight and Question Time, the latter responding to its rival's debut with the populist move of fielding its first current footballer pundit,
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