BBC Three has commissioned a fourth series of Free Speech
After three successful runs BBC Three has commissioned a fourth series of Free Speech it was announced today (TUESDAY).
Produced by Mentorn Media, the makers of Question Time, the live current affairs debate programme for those aged 16-34 returns this month with a series of election specials.
The first of the election specials, entitled Free Speech: I’m Ed Miliband Ask Me Anything, will air on Thursday 12th March on BBC Three, and will see the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Milliband, face an audience of over a hundred voters, for an unscripted hour of tough and uncensored questions.
The new series will be presented by Rick Edwards, who will resume the role of host and will chair the audience contributions, and Tina Daheley who moderates the comments from the online audience.
By combining the online and TV experience in a way that reflects how its audience is watching and consuming media, the series will continue to find out what its audience are talking about. Previous topics have included immigration, mental health, sexuality and religion, and this series will continue to tackle the subjects and issues that affect young people today.
Free Speech will also maintain its presence online, producing content daily for Facebook and Twitter. The show now has over 30,000 Facebook likes, with debate graphics, short films and other ‘viral’ content regularly reaching an audience of millions via social media.
Free Speech has been commissioned by Darren Kemp, Commissioning Editor Current Affairs for the BBC. Hayley Valentine is the Executive Producer and Brendan Miller is the series producer for Mentorn Media.
BBC Three Controller, Damian Kavanagh, said: “It’s brilliant that Free Speech is back on BBC Three giving our young audience the opportunity to ask politicians the questions that matter to them.”
Hayley Valentine, Mentorn's Director of Current Affairs added: “It’s fantastic news that Free Speech will be returning to BBC Three at such an important time of the year. In the world of politics young people are often an under represented group, so we’re extremely proud that we’re able to give them the chance to have their voices heard on matters that they care deeply about.”
Brendan Miller, Series Producer Mentorn Media said: “Most political shows involve important people talking to other important people. We’re different in that we have regular people setting the agenda, and for that reason you never quite know what’s going to happen.”