Ken Clarke's night of trial on Question Time in jail

Ken Clark on Question Time. Photograph: BBC

One of the most recognisable formats in British television – BBC1's Question Time – displayed two startling variations, becoming, in a rare conflation of two elements of the judicial system, both a prison and the dock of a courtroom.

The jail was the studio for the night. As presenter David Dimbleby explained, the programme was coming from the chapel of Wormword Scrubs, although Jack Straw – who made up the panel with Kenneth Clarke, columnist Melanie Phillips and Shami Chakrabarti of the campaign group Liberty – seemed to have missed this, at one point referring to the location as Wandsworth.

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