BBC Radio 4 show comes to Lichfield for Samuel Johnson celebrations

Jonathan Dimbleby

Jonathan Dimbleby

One of Britain’s favourite radio shows will be coming to Lichfield as part of the Samuel Johnson 300th birthday celebrations,.

Radio 4’s Any Questions? will kick off a series of BBC programmes marking the celebrations.

The popular topical debate show will be broadcasting live from Lichfield Guildhall on September 4, following an invitation from the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum.

The panel will be led by Jonathan Dimbleby, and the guests appearing will be announced closer to the date.

Lichfield City Council’s Museums and Heritage Officer, Joanne Wilson, said:

“We are delighted to be inviting Any Questions? to Lichfield in honour of Johnson’s tercentenary. Although he is most well known for his dictionary, political journalism was an important part of Johnson’s early career and he remained a political commentator and satirist throughout his life, so it seems a very appropriate opening to Radio 4’s Johnson season.”

Tickets for the event are free and are available on a first come, first served basis from the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Tickets must be collected in person from the Museum which is on the corner of Breadmarket Street and Market Street and is open seven days a week from 10.30am-4.30pm. For more information, call 01543 264 972 (but please not that tickets cannot be reserved over the phone), email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk, or visit www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk.

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