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ITV Daytime commissions new discussion series O'Brien

Published: Fri 06 Mar 2015

ITV Daytime commissions new discussion series in run up to General Election
ITV Daytime has commissioned a new topical debate show, O’Brien, a production by ITV Studios.
Presented by journalist and radio broadcaster JAMES O’BRIEN, the 10 x 60 mins series will debate the issues that matter to viewers in the run up to the General Election. Each episode will focus on two major topics affecting Britain today. The two week run will begin on March 30th.
An expert panel will feature in each episode, consisting of political figures, journalists, celebrities and campaigners plus a member of the public who will be chosen for their passionate views and  convincing arguments. 
The audience will include real life case studies with conflicting opinions and strong views on the points being discussed, with debate between the audience and the panel and amongst the audience themselves. 
Radio broadcaster and journalist James O’Brien said: "I hate the way politicians have started banging on about 'ordinary people' recently. There's no such thing. Everyone's extraordinary in their own way, with extraordinary stories to tell and passionate opinions informed by their experiences and what's in the news. I can't wait to start listening to them."
Executive Producer for ITV Studios, Tom McLennan added:  “Debate shows have too often been directed towards those who are already politically engaged. The series will provide a platform to discuss the topics that really matter to viewers at home.” 
O’Brien was commissioned for ITV by Helen Warner.  Executive Producer for ITV Studios Entertainment is Tom McLennan and the Series Director is Matt Woodward.