UK Politics

This Week's Guests: 2017

Here's where to find out the names of the guests - and their videos - from This Week throughout the year.


Christmas recess

This Week will return on January 11, 2018


December 14th 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Liz Kendall, John Nicolson and Miranda Green

Guests: Big Narstie and Barbershop-o-gram

Are you ready for Shame of Thrones (erm, This Week)?

Evening all and welcome to This Week!

Michael's moment of the year

So what was Liz's moment of the year ?

Shame of Thrones - part one

Shame of Thrones - part two

Just what Liz always wanted!

Nighty, night don't let Big Narstie bite

Michael the Brexit reindeer

Trump and his Scottish connections

Here's Babershop-0-gram

How to do a twelfie

Whole programme on iPlayer (for UK viewers for 12 months)


December 7th 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson

Guests: Tim Shipman,Kate McCann and Jon Culshaw

The force awakens?

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Raising a glass to the Brexit negotiations

ChooChoo talks Brexit

Alan and Andrew talk Brexit

Kate McCann on the political downhill

Does DD want to be the next PM?

Andrew is on air most Thursdays around midnight

Andrew's message to those on social media

Panel on the future of Damian Green

Culshaw and political friends talk posturing

Nighty Night don't let Arlene bite,

Whole programme on iPlayer (for UK viewers for 12 months)


November 30th 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Liz Kendall

Guests: Andre Geim, Emma Viv Groskop and Glyes Brandreth

Not much of a Blind Date?

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Only way is down for Brexit reckons Geim

Michael talks Brexit

Liz talks Brexit

You're worried about Sleeping Beauty being kissed by a Prince?

Go on, knock yourselves out! No really, knock yourselves out!

Cinderella Groskop reviews political fairytale

Michael recalls his own prediction

Liz on UK politics and Tory problems

Talking love with Gyles Brandreth

A kiss from Gyles

Nighty-night, don't let Chechen leader and Putin puppet bite

Whole programme on iPlayer (for UK viewers for 12 months)


November 23rd 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson

Guests: Andrew Adonis, Emma Barnett and Margaret Cho

Get us out of here?

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Adonis: I just wish we only had Germany's problems

Michael on European politics

This Week on the interweb

Barnett crawls through political jungle

Ash Sarkar: I don't know what planet you are onThis Week's Guests: 2017

The word is Brexit, Andrew

Does political power always corrupt?

Nighty night, don't let the gobbler bite

Whole programme on iPlayer (for UK viewers for 12 months)


November 16th 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Ed Balls

Guests: Afshin Rattansi, Adrian Chiles and Bettany Hughes

From Westminster with love

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Is the Kremlin interfering in foreign politics?

Andrew Neil and Afshin Rattansi

Looking at claims about Kremlin influence

Got something to say about tonight's programme?

No silent night, or week, in UK politics

Why are we so concerned about body image?

How long is PMQs these days?

Is Brexit driving us mad?

Ed Balls on Boris Johnson for PM?

Night night, don't let the spicy chicken bite...

Whole programme on iPlayer (for UK viewers for 12 months)


November 9th 2017

Off-air for one week through recess


November 2nd 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Harriet Harman

Guests: Edwina Currie, Andy Parsons and Shazia Mirza

Who watches BBC1 at this time on a Thursday night?

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Currie on the Pestminster allegations

Harriet and Edwina on Westminster abuse claims

Harriet and Edwina on This Week

Let #choochoo have a say on the Westminster claims

Baking the political news of the week

Andrew really wants to hear from you on social media

Michael on the interest rate rise

Harman on being 'proved wrong' about Jeremy Corbyn

How easy is it to be offended?

Nighty-night, don't let Sandi and Sandra from Gogglebox bite

Whole programme on iPlayer (for UK viewers for 12 months)


October 26th 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Liz Kendall

Guests: Kate Williams, Andrew Rawnsley and Scottee

The This Week big top

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Send us a twelfie

Williams: I worry about direction our country's going in

Michael reminds Liz of past Brexit comments

Rawnsley mirrors the political week

Michael and Liz on the poll tax

Scottee on 'dark' and 'sinister' masculinity

Nighty night, don't let the #twelfies bite

Whole programme on iPlayer (for 12 months for UK viewers)


October 19th 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Caroline Flint

Guests: Yanis Varoufakis, Quentin Letts and Georgia Toffolo

There's one naughty word in the opening titles

Only the 15th crunch meeting this month

Moments of the week: Quinquennial?

'Brussels incompetence causing EU fragmentation'

Flint on PR and rise of far-right in some European election

Varoufakis on the EU and euro

Portillo on the referendum

Accelerating through the week's politics

Portillo says a UK-EU trade deal is 'easy'

Flint on the UK economy and the deficit

Tory asked: Why do young people back Corbyn?

"Can I say it, I don't know?" says Quentin Letts

Nighty-night, don't let Melania Trump's robotic body double bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


October 12th 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Ed Balls, John Nicolson and Miranda Green

Guests: Munroe Bergdorf and Timothy Spall

Dysfunctional?

Evening all....

Moments of the week

Model: We live in a deeply racist society

Munroe Bergdorf on racism in the UK

Andrew Neil to Ed Balls: Are we a deeply racist society?

A revolutionary review of the week

Andrew calls on Miranda and John

Michael tells Ed to answer the question

Michael sums up the Brexit talks

Panel on how should Mrs May answer the Brexit question

Is PM strong enough for a reshuffle

Portillo advice to the PM

John Nicolson on Scottish independence timing

Revolutionary talk from Timothy Spall

Nighty night - Don't let Amber's memes bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


October 5th 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Liz Kendall

Guests: Andy Coulson, Anne McElvoy, Rory Bremner and Niall Ferguson

Coulson: Theresa May 'in autumn of her years'

'Challenging political week' for Tories

Niall Ferguson on Europe's borders

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


September 28, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Lisa Nandy

Guests: Saira Khan, Kevin Maguire and Rick Edwards

Hallelujah, it's #bbctw

Moments of the week

Evening all.... political correctness gone mad?

Khan: Political parties once got aspiration

Saira and Lisa on who is standing up for whom

Reviewing a week of political wonder

Is Labour right to be sure on winning the next election?

Kevin Maguire on next election result

Andrew asks Michael: Could Labour win?

You normally talk about Michael's shirts, but what is Andrew wearing?!

Edwards talks political boldness

I's back, you know how you have missed it (apparently)

Nighty-night, don't let Ed Milliband kill the vibe

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


September 21, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Alan Johnson and Miranda Green

Guests: Tim Martin, Jane Moore and Gary Numan

I's back, you know how you have missed it (apparently)

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the summer

Martin: Negotiating with EU complete waste of time

'You can have both actually Andrew, you can'

What happens to rights of UK citizens in the EU after Brexit?

Fashioning the political week

Michael talks about his old friend Boris

Miranda Green on the path ahead for the PM

Alan Johnson on the road ahead for Labour

Are we heading towards a dystopian future?

Nighty-night, don't let Tim Farron's karaoke bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


Summer recess

Michael took the This Week team on a railway journey through the summer break


July 20, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Liz Kendall, Miranda Green and John Nicolson

Guests: Richard Bacon, Quentin Letts, Kevin Maguire, Henry Blowfeld and Levi Roots

Bacon on UK and US politics

Reviewing the last pre-recess week

Blowers asked: when is it time to go?

Nighty night, don't let the holidays bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


July 13, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Ed Balls and Rosa Prince

Guests: Nigel Farage, Beth Rigby and Richard Herring

Out of this world? Well, it is This Week

So did you too shed a little tear? asks Andrew Neil

Moments of the week

Farage: Yuck, this is not Brexit at all

'Absolute baloney' says Nigel Farage

"Please be quiet - just be quiet!"

Rigby's review of a chocolate orange week

Late night squabbling on the #bbctw sofa

'It must be absolutely shocking, what she has been through'

Balls talks Corbyn

An awkward interview for Herring?

Goodnight from This Week

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


July 6, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Alan Johnson and Miranda Green

Guests: Tim Marshall, Emma Barnett and Slavoj Zizek

Live from North Korea

It's why I'm your Dear Leader, loved, respected and obeyed by all

Michael's moment of the week on rats and lambs and TW?

When the political wind blows

We have been lying to you for yours

Barnett penny-pinches through political week

When will Theresa May go?

Miranda Green on the next election

Is Team Corbyn reaching out?

Talking political correctness with Slavoj Zizek

'I don't know why I bothered writing all these other questions'

Nighty nighty, don't let the G20 celebrations bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


June 29, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Liz Kendall

Guests: Adam Klug, Adam Boulton and Viv Groskop

Opening This Week

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Momentum 'already launched' election campaign

'You are not really answering the question'

Hagrid helps round up political week

'I think there will be an election soon'

Does someone like Liz Kendall have a future in the Labour Party?

Who would win a snap election?

Is the news cycle exhausting

It's late, but how late?

George Osbone as Mr Benn?

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


June 22, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson

Guests: Michelle Dewberry, Richard Madeley and Melanie Phillips

There appears to be a fault with This Week again!

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Dewberry: I'd have Parliament filled with independents

Dewberry on political reaction to Grenfell fire

Richard Madeley reviews the political week

Talking Brexit on This Week

Is the Anglosphere in decline?

Nighty night, don't let Sean Spicer bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


June 15, 2017

Nick Ferrari was the guest host

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Liz Kendall and John Nicolson

Guests: Liam Halligan, Gyles Brandreth and Dan Snow

Another lonely night in Westminster

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Liam Halligan's Brexit film for This Week

Portillo talks Brexit fantasies and Tory 'terrible quandry'

Liz Kendall on Brexit and election result

Hammer Halligan talks Brexit

Gyles Brandreth's film for This Week

Liz Kendall on coalitions

What's happened in Scotland?

Michael Portillo on Tories and DUP

Dan Snow talks political popularity

Nighty night from This Week - we are not off out tonight

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


June 15, 2017

This Week returns but Andrew Neil will not be hosting

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Liz Kendall


June 8, 2017

No programme on election night


June 1, 2017

On the sofas: Ed Balls, Michael Gove, Miranda Green and Tommy Sheppard

Guests: Akala, Andrew Rawnsley and Lydia Bright

Which of this lot gets your vote

'I begin tonight with a defence of the Westminster Bubble'

Moments of the week

Akala talks election bias

Andrew Neil and Akala on coverage of terrorism claims

It's late - but what kind of late?

Andrew Rawnsley talks cricket on This Week

Here's Miranda and Tommy - where's John Nicolson

Tommy Sheppard on Tory campaign in Scotland

Miranda Green on Lib Dems and election campaign

Michael Gove asked about election result

Good night from This Week

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


May 25, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson with Suzanne Evans

Guests: Sajjan Gohel, Jo Coburn and Jan Ravens

Welcome to This Week

Andrew Neil on the Manchester terror attack

Sajjan Gohel on IS: Nato needs to put boots on the ground

Sajjan Gohel with Andrew Neil on This Week

Now, it's late, 007 late

Coburn: Campaigning resumes against backdrop of terror

Alan Johnson on social care policy

Michael Portillo on social care policy

Suzanne Evans on social care policy

Alan Johnson on Jeremy Corbyn

Ravens: Rhetoric 'totally replaced by repetition'

Nighty night, don't let the Donald's weird and wonderful world tour bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


May 18, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Ed Balls with Natalie Bennett and Polly Mackenzie

Guests: James Delingpole, Miranda Green and Doc Brown

Welcome to This Week (Twin Peaks style)

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

What does Theresa May vision look like?

James Delingpole reads from the Tory manifesto

Ed Balls on the Labour manifesto

Taking a crystal ball to election campaign

Natalie Bennett on election campaign

Polly Mackenzie on election campaign

Young people engaged with election campaign?

Goodnight from Ed Balls playing bingo

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)



May 11, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Liz Kendall

Guests: Douglas Murray, Kevin Maguire and David Baddiel

We need some better guests, says Choo Choo

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Murray talks immigration 'catastrophe'

Maguire's round-up of a girl and boy week

Murray talks immigration 'catastrophe'

Why are you grinning like a Cheshire cat?

Talking Brexit and trade deals

This is what our country looks like: When did we vote for this?

Baddiel: Come and tuck me in

Nighty night, don't let Mr and Mrs May bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


May 4, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Lisa Nandy and Miranda Green

Guests: Lionel Barber, Adrian Chiles and Simon Evans

Lionel Barber - making a meal of the political week

Chiles goes in to the ring for a political ding dong

Comedian Simon Evans talks confrontation

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


April 27, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Alan Johnson, Sian Berry and John Nicolson

Guests: Giles Fraser, Helen Lewis and Dustin Lance Black

Someone sink this boat!

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Corbyn 'ordinary bloke for ordinary people'

Michael Portillo on Jeremy Corbyn

Alan Johnson on Jeremy Corbyn

Giles Fraser on Jeremy Corbyn

Going overboard in the political world

Berry and Nicolson on general election

Michael Portillo on Theresa May

Alan Johnson on election timing and Brexit

What happens if Labour does not win election?

'A little drunk on own successes in LGBT community'

Nighty Nighty don't let our #manontheleft bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


April 20, 2017

On the sofas: Chuka Umunna, Ann Widdecombe, Miranda Green and Suzanne Evans

Guests: Gina Miller, Gyles Brandreth and Big Narstie

ChooChoo channels Brenda from Bristol

The countdown is on!

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

'Vote for the one who stands on principle'

What is a 'soft Brexit'?

"I love that you know what is in my mind" says Gina Miller

Have you turned tinkering in the democratic process into a rich woman's hobby?

Who's who in Brandreth's review of the week?

Who is the loveliest of them all?

Why are you 24 points behind in the polls?

What is the real reason she has called an election?

What is the real reason she has called an election?

Beginning of the end for UKIP?

What would a Lib Dem recovery look like?

When Big Narstie met Big-A

Nighty night, don't let the voters bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


April 6 and April 13, 2017

No programmes - Parliament in recess (back on 20th)


March 30, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Liz Kendall with Suzanne Evans and John Nicolson

Guests: Alastair Campbell, John Pienaar and Daisy Lowe

Britain, Britain, Britain, why would you ever want to leave the EU?

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

FILM: May 'does not have united cabinet on Brexit'

Three questions from Campbell

FILM: Game On! A review of the political week

Can Brexit be stopped?

Here's Suzy and Johnny!

Brexit not top of their agenda?

Goodnight from This Week

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


March 23, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, and Alan Johnson

Guests: Jonathan Russell, Quentin Letts and Simon Callow

Moments of the week

Andrew Neil : Yes, you have the power to hurt us.

'Likely to see more attacks in France and UK'

Letts: Normal service will be resumed

Why are police in Parliament not armed?

Johnson: There are very few 'lone wolves'

Praise for May, Corbyn and Livingstone

Simon Callow talks resilience

Simon Callow with London Pride

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


March 16, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Liz Kendall and John Nicolson

Guests: Agnes Poirier, Andrew Rawnsley and Kate Williams

Allo Allo!

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Brits scared of far-right European politicians?

Liz Kendall on French politics

Michael Portillo on Brexit and Trump

Rawnsley's round up of a choppy political week

Here's Johnny!

Stop hectoring me, stop hectoring!

Talking about a future Scottish currency

Talking nostalgia with Kate Williams

Nighty night don't let BoJo's raw sexual magnetism bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


March 9, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Lisa Nandy

Guests: David Starkey, Richard Madeley and Lily Cole

A world where nothing is private? Welcome to TW

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

What should happen to the House of Lords?

Does the Lords need a Portillo and Starkey?

"I certainly don't want to blame the media" says Michael Portillo

Starkey: PM should not stop at Article 50

Madeley's cut above the political week

Madeley recalling the chancellor at school

Lily Cole on child refugees

Nighty night, don't let the PM's demonic laugh bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


March 2, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo, Alex Salmond and Liz Kendall

Guests: James Rubin, Kevin Maguire and David Rodigan

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

'White House should be stopping Putin'

Maguire takes a gamble on political week

Rodigan explains 'soundclash'

Salmond on Brexit vote and future of EU citizens in UK

A second Scottish referendum?

Did you enjoy our bedtime story?

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


February 23, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson and Miranda Green

Guests: Ann Widdecombe, Emma Barnett and Milton Jones

By-election coverage guests: Barry Gardiner, Matt Hancock, Kath Pinnock and David Kurten

Evening all, welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Ann Widdecombe offers her advice for Conservatives to stay in power

Emma Barnett rounds up the political week

Dabbing with Andrew Neil

Boris Johnson 'stole my act'

What's the name of Tory candidate in Stoke?

Labour MP Cat Smith on by-elections

Stoke Central declaration

New Stoke Central MP speaks after result

First interview with new MP for Stoke Central

Paul Nuttall on Stoke Central by-election result

Copeland declaration

New Copeland MP speaks after result

The new MP for Copeland in Cumbria speaks to Andrew Neil

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


February 16, 2017

No programme - Parliament in recess (back on 23rd)


February 9, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Liz Kendall

Guests: Liam Halligan, Andy Parsons and Matt Forde

Opening the programme with Big John

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Liz, Michael's and Andrew's moments of the week

Housing white paper 'not up to the job'

Michael Portillo on 'urgency' of building houses quickly

Liz Kendall on housing white paper

Rejoice! Rejoice! Together, we made it happen #PrayForDiane

Liz Kendall on Labour leadership

There was a lot of animosity around including to your good self

Nighty night, don't let the rabid seagulls bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


February 2, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Harriet Harman

Guests: Derek Hatton, Adam Boulton and Rory Bremner

Our presidential appeal of the week

Moments of the week

Hatton: Corbyn 'got it wrong' on Article 50 vote

Boutlon's Escape to Brexit

Rory Bremner talks statesmanship

"Can you bring us any word - to a worried nation"

Nighty night, don't let the Brexit bug bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


January 26, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson an John Nicolson

Guests: Ted Malloch, Isabel Hardman and Bridget Christie

Would you choose This Week?

Evening all and welcome to This Week

Moments of the week

Malloch: No more 'free rides' on US defence budget

Isabel Hardman's cool review of the political week

Bridget Christie: There are good lies and bad lies

Don't worry Jezza: The future is bright

Getting chilly in the TW studio!

Goodbye to the #bbctw ice sculpture

Nighty night, don't let Dutch humour bite says

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


January 19, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Jess Phillips with John Nicolson

Guests: Radoslaw Sikorsi, Quentin Letts and Anthony Seldon

Sikorski: UK farmers to compete with Texan farmers

Letts cleans up on the week's politics

Seldon: Who deserves respect these days?

So what's the deal with watching #bbctw?

Moments of the week

Slightly disconcerting the new chairman of the BBC speaks about us in the past tense.

When will the third referendum be?

'Obviously I'm a bit younger than other people here'

Nighty night, don't let the 45th President of the United States bite

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


January 12, 2017

On the sofas: Michael Portillo and Chris Leslie

Guests: Dr Saleyha Ahsan, Miranda Green and Paul McKenna

We're heading to a car crash as Andrew brings on TW bangers

Evenin all, welcome to This Week

Dr Saleyha Ahsan: Red Cross description on NHS 'proportionate'

Miranda Green: Crisis? What crisis in this political week?

Can McKenna cheer up our #sadmanonatrain?

Michael Portillo asked about Brexit

Nighty night, don't let the fake news haters bite

Chris Leslie on Corbyn leadership

Full programme for UK viewers (for 12 months)


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