Politics Show

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Politics Show
GenreCurrent Affairs & Politics
Presented byJeremy Vine (2003–2005)
Jon Sopel (2005–2011)
Theme music composerSimon Lacey (2003–2009)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Running time60 minutes
Original release
NetworkBBC One
Release2 February 2003 (2003-02-02) –
11 December 2011 (2011-12-11)

Politics Show is an hour-long BBC One television political programme which was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sundays between 2003 and 2011, broadcasting usually at midday.

Politics Show was superseded by Sunday Politics, a weekend version of Daily Politics, which retains some of the elements of the former show.


During 2000, the then Director-General of the BBC Greg Dyke ordered a review of political output from BBC, which was carried out by Fran Unsworth,[1] leading to a major overhaul of political output in 2002. A number of flagship programmes were cancelled, including On the Record, Despatch Box and Westminster Live and replaced with new programmes.[2]

The Politics Show become the Sunday flagship lunchtime politics show hosted by Jeremy Vine. The show retained On the Record's serious agenda and a long-form interview as its centrepiece and contained reports on the big political stories of the week as well as analysing the way these stories will affect people all over the country. The Politics Show also replaced a number of regional political programmes on BBC2, by including a 20-minute opt-out for each of the English regions, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland fronted by a different presenter for each region, looking into how political stories affect the local area.

In September 2005 Jeremy Vine left the show and was replaced by BBC News presenter Jon Sopel.[3] Susanna Reid and Tim Donovan, deputy political editor James Landale and political correspondents Laura Kuenssberg and Jo Coburn have all presented in place of Sopel.

The programme aired for the final time on 11 December 2011. It was replaced from 15 January 2012 by Sunday Politics, a weekend version of The Daily Politics, with Andrew Neil as the main presenter.[4]

The Politics Show Scotland[edit]

The Politics Show Scotland was BBC Scotland's main political programme broadcast on Sundays. It followed the same format as the London version until a major overhaul of Scottish political programmes took place, which resulted in the axing of the Friday edition of Politics Scotland in 2007 and Holyrood in 2009 which were both presented by Iain Macwhirter, and incorporating them into the new programme. The new format resulted in Scotland taking the first 20-30min of the national broadcast then opting-out to provide a full one-hour show analysing the big political stories of the week in Scotland. The programme aired for the final time on 18 December 2011, with a review of 2011.

From 15 January 2012, The Politics Show was replaced by weekend version of The Daily Politics, hosted by Andrew Neil (who also hosts the weekday version on Wednesdays – Fridays). The programme was thus renamed Sunday Politics Scotland which continued with the same format.


  • Presenter/Holyrood correspondent: Isabel Frazer
  • Political editor: Brian Taylor
  • Reporter: Catriona Renton
  • Holyrood correspondent: Raymond Buchanan
  • Westminster correspondents: David Porter and Tim Reid
  • Original Presenter: Glenn Campbell 2003 – 2007, Iain Macwhirter 2007 – 2008

Regional opt-out teams[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

The Northern Irish version usually followed the UK with a 20-minute opt out and returning for the final 10 minutes. Occasionally when there are big stories in Northern Ireland or election debates, they broadcast for the full hour and do not show the London edition. They also broadcast the full 20-minute NI edition after the late night news on a Sunday evening usually 10.20pm to 10.40pm.

  • Presenter: Tara Mills (2011–present – hosted Politics Show for four months after Fitzpatrick's departure and continues on the Sunday Politics in 2012. Also hosts Stormont today for BBC NI)
  • Former presenter – Jim Fitzpatrick (2003–2011 – left after 2011 election to become Business Editor on BBC Newsline but is still on the Sunday Politics production team)
  • Political editor: Mark Davenport
  • Political correspondents: Gareth Gordon, Yvette Shapero and Martina Purdy


  1. ^ Jason Deans, broadcasting editor (23 December 2004). "BBC appoints new head of newsgathering | Media | MediaGuardian". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 January 2012. {{cite news}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ Jason Deans and Claire Cozens (20 September 2002). "The BBC: A new manifesto for viewers | Media". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  3. ^ Jon Sopel to present Politics Show, BBC Press Office
  4. ^ John Plunkett and Mark Sweney (6 October 2011). "News to bear the brunt of BBC cuts that bite across the board | Media". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 January 2012.

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