Nigel Farage, Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood to face BBC audience questions: Here's what you need to know

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As the three main party leaders prepare to spar with the public ahead of tonight's leaders' Question Time special, some may be wondering how the leaders of the minor parties are planning to spend their evening.

While the leaders of Ukip, SNP, and Plaid Cymru may not be involved in tonight's premier event, they will each face a BBC audience tonight to put their case to the electorate.

The last time the smaller parties' leaders took part in major TV event was the so-called Challengers' Debate two weeks ago. Labour leader Ed Miliband won the debate, but SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon snagged second place.

Nigel Farage received a barrage of boos after he accused the audience of being left-wing "even by the left-wing standards of the BBC". Ukip is now in a battle with the BBC over comments made by journalist Camilla Long on panel show Have I Got News for You. We'll see whether this is reflected in his performance later tonight.

Here's everything you need to know about the minor parties' TV appearances.

Which parties are involved?

Ukip, SNP and Plaid Cymru will all be given their own Question Time-style programme tonight.

When are they?

Nicola Sturgeon will appear at 9:30pm, Leanne Wood will face the voters at 10:40pm and Nigel Farage's programme will be broadcast at 10:50pm.

When can I watch them?

Sturgeon's question time will appear on BBC One Scotland, Leanne Wood will be broadcast on BBC One Wales and Nigel Farage will appear to voters in England on BBC One.

What's the format?

The leaders will take a range of questions from a live studio audience for 30 minutes.

Who will chair the programmes?

Nigel Farage's discussion will be chaired by the Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn. Glen Campbell will chair Nicola Sturgeon's programme, and Leanne Wood's will be hosted in Cardiff by Bethan Rhys Roberts.

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