That I could live with. After all, the previous programme on ITV did begin to drag around the hour mark.
However, the Europa Cup semi-final also takes place on the same night. Liverpool take on Athletico Madrid at 8.05pm and the match will be screened on Channel 5.
I know which of the three clashing programmes I'll be watching. But it seems a strange decision to hold a regional debate at the same time as the three possible Prime Ministers are being showcased. A concession to parochial politics?
Scotland and Wales have their regional debates tonight, therefore avoiding a clash.