The Big Questions was one of the BBC’s flagship Sunday morning television programmes last year. The popular show, hosted by Nicky Campbell focussed on topical issues of the week in national or international news.
Following on from its success, with an estimated four million viewers, the producers of the BBC have decided to resume the programme later this year. The programme featured a range of panellists as well as a celebrity guest each week. That will now change to a more select group of panellists and dispensing with the celebrity slot to allow more time for debate.
One of the celebrity panellists last year, Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet was contacted by the BBC last week asking if he would be willing to return.
“We really valued your contribution to the first series,” a company director told him.
The popular Rabbi – rated as one of the UK’s ten most influential, is also chariman of the Rabbinical Council and a member of the Chief Rabbi’s cabinet.
Following his consent to partake, the programme producers said: “We are thrilled that he is willing to participate in our second series.”
Rabbi Schochet said: “It’s another form of hafotzas hamayonus. The world needs to know where Judaism stands on a broad range of issues and this is a unique opportunity to put forward that perspective.”