But the British National Party leader's priceless air time still left the Corporation facing accusations of 'publicity-seeking' naivety.
Senior Labour figures warned of racist attacks in the coming days, leaving the BBC with 'blood on its hands'.
THAT'S THE MAIL'S VIEW.
What do I think? I know most of you don't give a monkey's chuff, but here goes!
Well first I believe the BBC did it's usual stitch up job. The audience were from West London, where naturally they are multi-racial and I have never seen so many skull caps and coloured people in the audience in many years of watching Question Time.
The Panel consisted of two people of Jewish extraction, a Muslim Woman and a black American "intellectual". They obviously thought it was their duty to attack the BNP policies instead of answering the questions, in particular Jack Straw who tried to take over the show and whose party, the Labour party, are to blame for the BNP's rise to prominence.
Nick Griffin, particularly at the beginning looked nervous and shifty when questioned by members of the audience. He was however in my opinion, not put under the spotlight enough so that his policies could be scrutinised and this was the fault of Dimbleby.
Towards the end of the programme he improved and a number of the other panelists were unable to answer his questions on immigration, particularly Straw and this will resonate in his BNP heartland which is not West London but the North of England.
How did Nick Griffin and the BNP come out of it? Well I think in the areas in which they will get votes, they will get more votes because the management of the programme was very poor and will go against the British Peoples' inert feeling of fairness to the extent that he looked bullied and no-one likes a bully!