Question Time election leaders special 2015: When is it, how can I watch, what's the format, is the BBC audience biased?

 
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David Dimbleby will chair the Question Time special (Source: Getty)

Tonight is the last set-piece TV event of the General Election for the three main party leaders.

In a Question Time special David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg will face the public in a final push to change minds before polling day. The last TV leaders' debate failed to shift the polls significantly but Nicola Sturgeon was widely credited to have won the contest.

Before the festivities begin, we've put together what you need to know about what could be a genuinely enlightening inquisition of the country's leaders - or a pre-scripted rendition of all-too-familiar sound bites.

What time is it?

This special edition of Question Time will be broadcast live from 8:00pm tonight.

How can I watch it?

The programme will be aired on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live, the BBC News channel and Sky News.

How long is it and what order will they speak in?

In total, the show will last 90 minutes with each leader taking questions for 30 minutes. David Cameron will be up first, followed by Ed Miliband. Nick Clegg will round off the proceedings.

Who is the chair?

Question Time's regular chairman and veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby will facilitate tonight's proceedings.

Is the audience biased?

Ukip leader Nigel Farage sparked controversy at the last BBC debate, accusing the audience of being left-wing - "even by the left-wing standards of the BBC".

The BBC has been accused of bias after the audience make-up of tonight's Question Time was said to exaggerate left-wing support among the electorate.

The audience will be 25 per cent Tory, 25 per cent Labour, 25 per cent Lib Dem and 15 per cent will be made up of people supporting other parties and only 10 per cent undecided voters.

But a Labour source cited by The Independent hit back and said the balance was tilted against Ed Miliband because half the audience will be supporters of the two governing parties. The BBC said in statement:

Each party leader faces the same prospect – an audience where one in four supports him, but where the majority does not.

Visit our General Election poll tracker to see how the polls changed in the build-up to election day. 

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