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Channel 4 to host debate on second coronavirus national lockdown

Host Krishnan Guru-Murthy at a previous Channel 4 Brexit debate. Photograph: Aaron Chown. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Channel 4 is to host a debate on whether or not there should be a second national lockdown to curb coronavirus cases. 

Politicians, doctors, scientists and business owners will take part in the programme, chaired by Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

The broadcaster’s head of news and current affairs Louisa Compton said: “As the divisions of opinion across the country intensify, this important debate will give a snapshot of public opinion on these recently announced restrictions and ask what should be next for the UK.”

The hour-long programme, from Manchester, will be broadcast on Sunday.

Executive producer Ian Rumsey said: “This is a crucial moment for Britain and the fight against coronavirus.

“This debate will give a real sense of what people all over the UK really feel and where they think the priorities should lie.”

Producers said the programme will comply with strict Covid filming protocols.

  • Live: Divided Britain: The Lockdown Debate will air on Channel 4 on Sunday at 6pm.

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