Burnley defender Carlisle to appear on Question Time
Burnley defender and Kick It Out ambassador Clarke Carlisle will join Alastair Campbell on the BBC’s Question Time show on Thursday (20 January).
Carlisle and Campbell will be joined by campaigning former MP George Galloway, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes and Conservative Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, alongside regular host David Dimbleby.
The flagship show is being recorded on Thursday evening at a venue which is only being made known to audience members.
Mr Carlisle, who already has a successful appearance on Channel Four’s Countdown quiz under his belt, will be the first footballer to appear on Question Time.
He said: “I don’t consider myself to be a politics buff by any stretch of the imagination.
“But with the economic crisis, having a young family and the recent election, my wife and I started to take a keener interest. I just hope I can give a layman’s perspective on things.”
Last year Mr Campbell’s appearance on Question Time sparked a political row, with Number 10 refusing to put forward a Government figure to debate against him.
Mr Campbell said: “Question Time is one of those programmes people engage in. And anything that puts Burnley on the map is a good thing, and it’s fantastic that Clarke Carlisle is doing it.
“He showed on Countdown that he’s got brains. A lot of footballers at the moment have a bad reputation with stories about their wages and transfer fees.
“But Clarke is obviously a very bright guy and it will be interesting to see him talking about things other than football.”
The programme will be screened on BBC1 at 10.30pm on Thursday.