MORE than eight million viewers tuned in to watch British National Party leader Nick Griffin on Question Time last night -- treble the shows normal audience. The figure -- a peak of 8.2million view- ers and an average of 7.9million -- was half the total viewing audience for that time and eclipsed the 7.8million average of BBC favourite Strictly Come Dancings prime-time Saturday show. Revealing the figures today, the corporation defended Mr Griffins appear- ance last night, in which he gave a twitchy performance and described homosexuals as creepy. Mark Byford, deputy director-general of the BBC, said: This very large audi- ence clearly demonstrates the publics interest in seeing elected politicians being scrutinised by the public. The BBC had come under fire from critics who accused it of legitimising the BNPs racist poli- cies by inviting Mr Griffin on to the show. Hundreds of angry protesters massed outside BBC headquarters in west London last night before the broadcast. But Mr Byford backed the appearance, saying: The BBC fulfilled its duty to uphold impartiality by inviting him on the programme. Last nights QT ratings winner trounced bbc defends controversial decision More people watched bnP than strictly...nBNP leader Nick Griffin complained today of being the victim of a lynch mob on Question Time. After his performance was panned in the press, he denounced the unfairness of the programme and called on the BBC to give him a second chance to appear. He said: That was not a genuine Question Time, that was a lynch mob. by georgina littlejohn Friday, 23 October 2009 London Lite Who hasnt had the conversation about winning a million on the lottery and then imagining how to spend it? Now you can try it out in the cyber world where this website allows you to virtually spend 1m. You get to look through the categories of things to buy and then make your own list. You can privately educate a child for 209,898 or blow 767,200 on a Stradivarius violin if it takes your fancy. halloWeeN is just around the corner so why not take yourself back to your childhood (or at the very least help your kids) by learning how to properly carve a pumpkin. Its not as easy as it may sound. This site offers tips and tricks on how to grow a pumpkin and then a step-by-step guide on how to carve one in the old-fashioned way, plus links to a site with plenty of pumpkin carving patterns. rachel Mostyn EMAIL YOUR TIMEWASTERS TO: Timew@ster What to browse when the boss isnt looking question tiMe row the 3.7million viewers the show attracted in May to hear about the MPs expenses scandal, which brought the programmes biggest audience for almost a decade. The ratings triumph came as a fresh row broke out following calls for the BNP to be denied free television advertising during the General Election. The far-Right party will have at least one Party Election Broadcast in the three weeks before polling day next year. But critics called for the slot to be cancelled, warning it may lead to racist attacks. Under broadcasting law any party that contests at least a sixth of the seats in England is entitled to a free broadcast of up to four minutes and 40 seconds. Gerry Gable, publisher of anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, said: Its ludicrous for the BBC to give the BNP any more publicity. Once was enough. They came out of Question Time without any integ- rity. Mr Gables comments were in con- trast to those of French National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, who praised the BBC, saying Mr Griffins appearance on Question Time could give him a potentially massive boost in support. The notorious far-Right leader said: Small fish will become big so long as God gives them life. The appearance was widely criticised by MPs but some believe the BNP will suffer from Mr Griffins poor performance. 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html