The Forum (BBC World Service)

The Forum
Running time 52 minutes
Language(s) English
Home station BBC World Service
Hosted by Bridget Kendall
Recording studio Broadcasting House
Website The Forum main website
Podcast The Forum podcast
The Forum 60 second idea podcast

The Forum is the BBC World Service's flagship discussion programme. It brings together prominent thinkers from different disciplines and different parts of the world with the aim of creating stimulating discussion informed by highly distinct academic, artistic, and cultural perspectives. The programme is broadcast on Saturdays at 2106 GMT and also repeated on Sundays at 0906 GMT and Mondays at 0206 GMT. BBC Radio 4 also broadcast an edited 30-minute version of the programme.


Each episode of The Forum brings together three thinkers, leading figures from different academic and artistic disciplines. A typical line-up might include a scientist, a writer or other artist, and a philosopher or cultural thinker.

Each guest is questioned by the presenter about their latest big idea, a topic area which is of particular interest to them and in which they are a particular expert. During the course of each section the other guests are invited to contribute with criticisms, insights and support of their own.

Sixty Second Idea

Each week one of the guests is invited to present an idea in just sixty seconds which they believe will make the world a better place. These ideas are not always practicable, but they are frequently entertaining and insightful. The 60 Second Idea and the discussion it produces is released as a podcast.[1]


The first episode of the show was broadcast on the BBC World Service 6 April 2008. It has been broadcast every week since then.


The programme's presenter, who has been part of the show since its inception, is former BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall.

Guest presenters


The Forum is broadcast through the BBC World Service and its international broadcasting partners. The show is also available online, to download and as a podcast.[2] All previous shows are archived online.[3]

Previous Guests

Previous guests include:

Notes and references

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