ITN’s Tom Bradby to front topical series for ITV

The new topical discussion show will be fronted by ITV News’ political editor, Tom Bradby and air next year.

“By offering a forum for intelligent discussion, this new series brings to ITV1’s schedule a fresh opportunity for our channel to engage with viewers on the issues and stories they’re talking about and that matter to them, while they’re at their most current.” – ITV News boss Ian Squires

ITN Productions will produce the eight-part series, which will tackle the hot topical issues of the week. In each programme Tom will be joined by four studio guests to talk through the controversies and talking points of the past seven days. Drawn from across a range of backgrounds, the panellists will contribute diverse perspectives to half an hour of compelling discussion on the stories that people really care about, from politics to popular culture.

Filmed at The Hospital, the series will be broadcast on ITV in the spring in a weeknight slot. It is commissioned by Ian Squires, Controller of Current Affairs & News Operations at ITV.

The last major serious varied topical debate show to air on ITV was The Time, The Place which aired live daily in the daytime schedules. Fronted by Mike Scott and later John Stapleton the programme offered a range of issues up for discussion with invited experts and audience debate. It was dropped after a decade to be replaced with lowbrow populist chat show Vanessa, fronted by Vanessa Feltz.

The new show will air in a 30-minute-slot and seems to be part of a trend by the broadcaster to opt ‘back in’ to more highbrow programming, Exposure has already been added to the schedules as a serious heavy weight documentary series which has been lacking from ITV since World in Action was dropped in 1999.

“If the issue – be it political, societal, cultural or historical – is in the news and on the agenda, you would expect to see it debated here. We will aim to provide more light than heat, but we won’t duck controversy, nor take ourselves too seriously.” – Tom Bradby