When is the next UK general election TV debate?

The general election debates are underway ahead of the 4 July poll.

Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer, Ed Davey and John Swinney will appear on a Question Time special.
Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer, Ed Davey and John Swinney will appear on a Question Time special.

Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer, Ed Davey and John Swinney are set to face a grilling from the Question Time audience tonight.

The two-hour special airs at 8pm, and will be followed by a second Question Time debate later this month, which has been added as a result of Reform UK's increasing popularity.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the BBC said a Question Time Leader's Special featuring representatives from Reform UK and the Green Party will be added to their schedule.

Reform has recently enjoyed a bump in the polls after Nigel Farage replaced Richard Tice as party leader. One poll even put them ahead of the Conservatives, leading to Farage claiming his party was now the real "opposition to Labour." He also demanded extra representation on the various debates being held by the broadcasters covering the election.

According to the PA news agency, an average of all polls that were carried out wholly or partly during the seven days to June 18 puts Labour on 42%, 21 points ahead of the Conservatives on 21%, followed by Reform on 16%, the Lib Dems on 11% and the Greens on 6%.

There will be two different specials, one at 8pm on Thursday 20 June featuring Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP. Sir Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak, Ed Davey and John Swinney will all be representing their parties.

The new one will be at 8pm on Friday 28 June and feature just the Green Party and Reform UK. It has not been announced who will be representing both of the parties in the debate.

Fiona Bruce will host both shows.

On Wednesday 26 June, just eight days before the general election, Sunak and Starmer will go head-to-head for the final time in Nottingham in a BBC debate from 9pm to 10pm hosted by Mishal Husain. Husain recently replaced Sophie Raworth after she pulled out after fracturing her ankle.

(left-right) Reform UK leader Nigel Farage, leader of Plaid Cymru Rhun ap Iorwerth, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Daisy Cooper, Stephen Flynn of the SNP, co-leader of the Green Party Carla Denyer, deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner and Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt, take part in the BBC Election Debate hosted by BBC news presenter Mishal Husain (front), at BBC Broadcasting House in London, ahead of the General Election on July 4. Picture date: Friday June 7, 2024. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
There was a seven-party debate on BBC on Friday 7 June. (PA)

Viewers will be able to watch the BBC debates live on BBC One and BBC News in the UK. It will also be on local radio across the country, available on BBC iPlayer and there will be full live online coverage.

During the previous multiparty debate, a Yahoo poll found Farage was the clear winner. The debate featured representatives from seven parties and 62% of respondents found the Reform leader was the winner. Labour's Angela Rayner was a distant second on 19% and the Tory's Penny Mordaunt was third on 7%.

In the head-to-head debates with just Sunak and Starmer it's a mixed picture. During the Sky debate on 12 June, a snap YouGov poll found Starmer was the clear winner at 64% to Sunak's 36%. But in the first debate held by ITV on 4 June Sunak beat Starmer by just 2% with the Tory leader being declared the winner by 51% of respondents in a YouGov poll.

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