By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline
Published: 12:45 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 15:24 GMT, 8 November 2019
Boris Johnson will go head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn in a prime time leaders' debate on the BBC, the corporation announced today.
The clash will take place in Southampton on December 6, less than a week before the election.
It is one of a host of television specials set to grip the nation as election fever grows ahead of the crunch Brexit-focused vote.
But it was slammed by supporters of the other parties.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage to demand to be allowed to face-off against the PM over his Brexit deal - despite backing out of plans to run as a candidate himself.
Mr Farage said: 'If Boris Johnson really believes that he has a great deal, let's have a debate on it. Because I have read it — it's not Brexit and it will not stand up to scrutiny'
The Lib Dems have already threatened to sue ITV after it proposed a debate between the Tory and Labour leaders on November 19.
Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna tweeted today: 'This is WRONG. The