Question Time is to film next Thursday’s episode in Wormwood Scrubs prison, with inmates among the studio audience.
It’s the first time the political panel show has been filmed in a prison and ties in with an EU ruling on prisoners’ voting rights.
A BBC spokesman said: “There will be 10 prisoners, none of whom will have been serving for any violent crimes… They will be vetted by the prison staff and the BBC.
“Question Time’s decision to broadcast from Wormwood Scrubs next week follows the controversial decision of the European court of human rights in April to give the UK six months to comply with its ruling to extend the right to vote to convicted prisoners,” he added.
According to the Media Guardian, in February British MPs voted in favour of retaining the current ban on giving prisoners the vote, however the European court ordered otherwise and has given the government until October to change the system.
Panelists for Question Time’s first prison visit on will include Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, and former home secretary Jack Straw.