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Question Time: Stuart Maconie

Work: Journalist and author, he co-presents 'The Radcliffe and Maconie Show' on BBC Radio 2

Life: 47, lives in Manchester and the Midlands, married with step-children

Balance: Fell walking in the Lake District

John Rentoul: When a presenter should interrupt

Usually, John Humphrys or Jeremy Paxman will interrupt someone in a discussion in order to stop them saying anything interesting or developing an argument. David Dimbleby showed on last week's BBC1 Question Time why he is different and how it should be done.

Question Time: Adil Ray

Work: Presents 'The Adil Ray Show' at Breakfast 6-9am (7am-10am from 20 April) on BBC Asian Network, and will front a 'Picturing Britain' series for Radio 4 and 'Desi DNA' (BBC2)

Life: 34 , single, lives in Birmingham

Balance: Other radio, comedy, cricket, good foods of the world

Question Time: Howard Goodall

Work: Composer and broadcaster. His latest album for Classic FM is called 'Enchanted Voices'

Life: 50, married to a classical music agent, lives in west London and Burgundy

Balance: Planting trees and gardening in France

Question Time: Justin Lee Collins

Work: 34, lives with his wife Karen and two young sons, Archie and Harvey

Life: 'The Justin Lee Collins Chat Show' is on Thursdays at 10pm on ITV2

Balance: Reading, watching films, learning the paso doble

Question Time: Kate Silverton, Presenter

Work: Co-presents 'BBC Breakfast' with Bill Turnbull and has been standing in for Gabby Logan on her Sunday morning show on Radio 5 Live

Life : 38, in a relationship, lives in central London

Balance: Swimming, cycling, Pilates and collecting unusual art

Question Time: Chris O’Dowd

Life: Grew up in Boyle in Ireland. Currently lives in Chalk Farm, north London

Question Time: Andrew Zein, MD, Tiger Aspect Productions

Work: Andrew Zein, 39, is managing director of the independent television production company Tiger Aspect.

Life: Married with 'two-and-a-half children – the third is on the way'.

Balance: When not meeting his children's demands, he devours as much television drama and comedy as he can.

Question Time: Michael van Wijk: 'Wolf' from 'Gladiators'

Work: Michael Van Wijk, 55, was Wolf on the ITV series 'Gladiators'. He is now the team manager of the gladiators in the new show, which begins on 4 January 2009 on Sky1

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The members for immunity

Damian Green is enjoying the moment. Can't blame him really. Must be like winning the lottery. His was a modest political career, plodding along. Then suddenly the genial MP became an accidental hero, his name emblazoned in lights of indignation.

Question Time: Lorraine Candy

Work: Lorraine Candy, 40, has been editor-in-chief of 'ELLE' since 2004.

Life: Lives in north London with husband, James, and children Ruskaya, Gracie and Henry.

Balance: Dishing out advice on 'Project Catwalk' and 'Model Behaviour'.

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