Students seeing behind the scenes of the Question Time tv show. Students seeing behind the scenes of the Question Time tv show.

Media and Politics students from Derby College have been given rare behind the scenes access to BBC’s ‘Question Time’ which was filmed at the iconic Roundhouse.

The iconic Roundhouse, which is the centre piece of the College’s Technical and Professional Skills college, hosted the popular televised debate at an important time for EU negotiations.

Meeting some of the key people who work on the programme, the students were able to gain valuable careers advice, they learnt more about how the programme is made and some of the key roles on the production set.

They also got hands on and were involved in the rehearsal and soundcheck and camera tests ahead of the filming – seated behind the panel desk which was later occupied by leading politicians and political commentators.

Aiden Hetherton, who is planning to go to university to study editing after completing his media course at Derby College was among the students who benefited from the afternoon.

He said: “This was an incredible opportunity to meet people who have had fantastic careers in the media.

“They gave us all some great advice on how to break into this industry and it was fascinating to see just how much work and expertise goes into putting such a well-respected and popular television programme on air.”

Debbie Keegan heads up the team at Derby College who coordinate employer partnerships and work placements for students.

She added:
“Work placements, visits and guest lectures are integral to everyone’s study programmes. They are a vital way to broaden young people’s horizons and bring them into contact with the very people that they hope to emulate in the future. “We have the added benefit that the Roundhouse attracts so many high profile events, visitors and opportunities such as the filming of Question Time so we are often able to combine these with rare access for our students. “The Question Time production team were brilliant and I’m sure the experience will help to shape the direction of the students’ future education and careers.”

The Joseph Wright Centre, post-16 Academic and Arts college, city centre campus prepares students for success in higher education and beyond.

The Joseph Wright Centre offers students excellent resources for A level as well as advanced vocational studies in digital media and creative arts programmes.

As well as serving as the Derby College Groups Technical and Professional Skills College, The Roundhouse offers an architecturally impressive space. Our unique venue offers a variety of configurations, from theatre through to exhibitions, cabaret and banquets. It is an ideal space for award ceremonies or celebratory dinners or even concerts and theatre productions. Contact the Roundhouse Events team via their Website

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:01


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