David Dimbleby chairs from Manchester, scene of the Labour Party conference. Conservative MP Grant Shapps; Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes; Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott; historian David Starkey; and the Hollywood actor Brian Cox are on the panel.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
David Dimbleby introduces the panel in Manchester.
Ed Miliband and the unions
Has Labour shown that it is back in the pocket of the unions having elected Ed Miliband as leader?
Ed Miliband as Labour leader
Is Ed Miliband the Labour Party's Iain Duncan Smith?
Ed Miliband and the Tories
Is it manna from heaven for the Tories that Labour are now led by a Jewish, atheist, unmarried father with left of centre leanings?
Does the IMF's approval of George Osborne's deficit reduction plans mean that Ed Miliband has already lost the argument over spending cuts?
Should the UK and France share a nuclear deterrent?
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David Dimbleby gives details of next week's programme.
Role Contributor Presenter David Dimbleby Participant Grant Shapps Participant Simon Hughes Participant Diane Abbott Participant David Starkey Participant Brian Cox Executive Producer Steve Anderson