QUESTION TIMES David Dimbleby will have a free hand to question BNP leader Nick Griffin on such topics as the Holocaust and the deportation of ethnic minorities, BBC executives said today. Although the points for discussion come from the studio audience, the presenter will be encouraged to pursue contentious issues on the show tomorrow. The BBC is anxious to be seen to use the occasion to subject Mr Griffins views to the closest scrutiny in the wake of the row over his appearance. But critics fear his presence on the programme could boost support for the BNP. Dr Jim Shields, associate professor in French studies at Warwick University, fears parallels with the prime-time TV debut of far-Right French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen. Support for his party, Front National, doubled overnight after he was questioned on a leading French political pro- gramme in 1984. Dr Shields said: If the clock ticking down to Thursday evening on the BNPs website is anything to go by, Nick Griffin antici- pates a similar effect from his appear- ance on Question Time. It has emerged that the BBC is likely to allow a number of BNP supporters to be in the audience for the recording at Television Centre in Wood Lane, raising the prospect of noisy clashes with anti-fascist protesters. The audience is already being scruti- nised to avoid disruption from militants, who plan to create a human wall to stop Mr Griffin entering the building. Weyman Bennett, of Unite Against Fascism, said: This is going to be a very, very big demo. We are expecting several hundred people from young students to Holocaust survivors. We will be outside all day to give Griffin a welcome -- there will be a human wall in front of him. Protesters hope to sabotage the show by creating as much noise as possible. The Met Police said: We are working with the BBC on the arrangements for the arrival and entry of panellists. However, they warned that Mr Griffins security once inside the build- ing is the responsi- bility of the BBC. London Lite Wednesday, 21 October 2009 Carr is top voice choice for Tube ALAN CARR is the voice most want to hear giving announcements on the Tube, according to a Magic 105.4 survey. The camp comic beat Kiefer Sutherlands 24 character Jack Bauer to be the celeb people want to hear on the Underground. UKpopulationto hit 72m by 2033 THE UKs population will jump by 10 million within the next 24 years -- to nearly 72 million -- due to high immigration and longer life spans, Government statisticians warned today. The bulk of extra residents are expected to live in England. Poststrikebadtiming forvitalswineflujabs BNP to face a grilling on the Holocaustand deportations TVtalentshowsboostWestEnd Royal Mail mountain: the backlog of undelivered post at Hemel Hempsteads sorting office yesterday E Continued from Page 1 TV SHOWS searching for West End stars in the making have helped create record theatre audiences, it was claimed today. Programmes such as Id Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do boosted attendances across Theatreland. Nearly half of the 716 people questioned by The Society Of London Theatre said seeing the TV shows made them more likely to see the musical on stage. Talent shows landed Lee Mead and Jodie Prenger lead roles in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oliver! Theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh said the poll showed TV shows had a tremendously beneficial effect on the West End. by kevin widdop On the spot: Griffin, left, will face Dimbleby piece of timing, adding: We need to get people into GPs surgeries to give them this life-saving vaccine. Doctors are considering using text messages and emails to contact vulnerable patients. Hospitals and GP surgeries are looking at ways to minimise the disruption, including phoning people with appointment details and employing couriers to carry test results. Today patients groups said the mail mountain caused by local disruption so far, and by any national strike, would cause anxiety. Michael Summers, vice- chairman of the Patients Association, said it would be especially worrying for anyone waiting to receive results of diagnostic tests for illnesses such as cancer. It is worrying enough for patients, made much worse if they have to wait longer to receive the information, he said. I hope the health service is alive to these problems. H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html