BBC Question Time Colchester cut short as woman taken illUPDATED 

The popular BBC political TV show Question Time with David Dimbleby was forced to cut short filming in Colchester as an audience member was taken ill.

Emergency services arrived within minutes to attend to the woman who collapsed at around 9:15pm on Thursday evening (23rd November), in the Town Hall Colchester.


The paramedics on the scene advised the production crew the patient could not be moved for an hour and whilst audience members were in the filming location.

David Dimbleby, host of the TV show, thanked everyone for attending but stated the filming could not continue and unfortunately would have to come to an end.

He suggested the show may return to Colchester in the near future.

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David Dimbleby explains to the audience in Colchester filming has to stop.
Audience is asked to leave the Town Hall in Colchester

The BBC aired parts of the show that was recorded prior to the incident.

A spokesman for BBC Question Time later released a statement: “An audience member on tonight’s QT was taken ill.”

“Our first priority was to make sure that she was looked after by medical staff who attended. As a consequence tonight’s Question Time was slightly shorter than billed.”

East of England Ambulance Service have said: “We were called to reports a patient was unconscious in High Street, Colchester, yesterday (23rd November) at 9.21pm.”

“A community first responder, one rapid response vehicle, one ambulance, one ambulance officer and two units from our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene. The patient was taken to hospital for further treatment.”

As of 14:28, the BBC Question Time Twitter account have since reported: “The audience member is now out of hospital and thanks everyone for their concern.”



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