TV debates finalised: Here's what you need to know

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Saturday 21 March 2015 17:00
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After months of deliberation, broadcasters have finally reached an agreement with party leaders over a series of televised discussions in the build-up to May's general election.

There will be one proper debate - a seven-way head-to-head - as well as a range of other programmes across the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News.

Here's the schedule in full:

26 March - Cameron v Miliband

David Cameron and Ed Miliband will be both be interviewed separately by Channel 4 and Sky News on Thursday 16 March before answering questions from a live studio audience.

2 April - Seven way debate

On Thursday 2 April, the leaders of Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, Ukip, Greens, SNP and Plaid Cyrmu will face-off in a seven way debate on ITV.

16 April - Challengers' contest

On Thursday 16 April, the leaders of Labour, Ukip, Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru will have a "challengers contest" on the BBC. Nick Clegg will not take part because broadcasters say it is only for those not involved in the current government. The Lib Dems have branded this a "farce".

30 April - Question Time special

On Thursday 30 April, Cameron, Clegg and Miliband will sit on the BBC panel show answering questions from a live studio audience.

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