Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are set to go head-to-head tonight in the first televised debate of the general election campaign.

The two leaders will face off in an hour-long encounter screened live on TV, but without the Lib Dems and SNP who lost their legal challenge in the High Court on Monday.

It will be the first of three debates to take place in the run-up to the general election with the BBC to host two more later this year. 

One will again be between just the two main party leaders while the other will be a “seven-way podium debate” involving the leaders of the main parties.

Here’s all you need to know about the general election TV debates.

When are the election debates? 

ITV have confirmed that a head-to-head debate will be held at 8pm on Tuesday, November 19.

The BBC will host two debates after the ITV one has been aired. The first one will be a seven-way podium debate at 7pm on Friday, November 29 from Cardiff.

The broadcaster will then air another head-to-head clash, this time on on Friday, December 6 from Southampton – six days before the election date.

The broadcaster will then air a seven-way podium debate on Friday, November 29 from Cardiff.

A number of Question Time-style specials will also be held in the run-up to polling day. 

A special two-hour long “Leaders’ Special” version of the show will take place on November 22 from Cardiff, with two more specials planned with the leader of the Brexit Party and one of the co-leaders of the Green Party. 

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One final Question Time special aimed at voters under 30 will be aired on Monday, December 9.

The BBC will host debates in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland featuring the main parties in each country.

Who is taking part in the debates?

The ITV debate and the BBC Prime Ministerial Debate on December 6 will both be between the Prime Minister and Mr Corbyn.

Meanwhile the BBC Election Debate on November 29 will be a seven-way podium debate between leaders or senior figures from seven major British parties including The Brexit Party, Plaid Cymru and the SNP.

For the Question Time Leaders’ Special Mr Johnson, Mr Corbyn, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and Ms Swinson will each take questions from the audience for 30 minutes across two hours.

Who is hosting the debates? 

The BBC debates will be hosted by journalist Nick Robinson, the Question Time shows by Fiona Bruce and the show aimed at under-30s will be hosted by BBC 5 Live’s Emma Barnett.

ITV’s debate will be hosted by presenter Julie Etchingham.



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