Thousands joined the programme's hashtag to highlight the "right-wing" views of guests on the programme, which included former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie, Times columnist Camilla Long, Tory Minister Nick Boles, and Ukip's Patrick O'Flynn.
Is this the most right wing #bbcqt panel evah?
— Iain Dale (@IainDale) January 14, 2016
Right-wing panel, Left-wing audience. Result. No one to cheer, no one's quite sure who to boo. #bbcqt
— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) January 14, 2016
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) January 14, 2016
#bbcqt seems to have ditched any attempt at balance with 4 right-wing panellists out of 5 tonight.
— david white (@davidwhite020) January 14, 2016
No idea why I do this to myself...tuning into #bbcqt knowing for sure (judging by the panel) that I'm gonna be pissed off in 2.5 minutes...😏
— Prossy (@Pkakooza) January 14, 2016
#bbcqt getting the feeling a bucket of valium and a barrel of blue nun wont be enough to soften the right wing tripe on the show tonight
— Simon Gibson (@ticketyboo67) January 14, 2016
#bbcqt so a new year for bbcqt immigration watch, shocking panel, 2 murdoch flunkies, a kipper, a tory & a lone voice from the left
— Simon Gibson (@ticketyboo67) January 14, 2016
Thursday night's panel has drawn the ire of left-wing Labour supporters
— Clive Lewis MP (@labourlewis) January 13, 2016
Wirral South Labour MP Alison McGovern also lent her voice to the criticism, advising her followers to complain directly to the BBC.
She used the #jft96 hashtag to highlight The Sun's coverage of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans died.
— Alison McGovern (@Alison_McGovern) January 14, 2016
— Devutopia (@D_Raval) January 14, 2016
Like McGovern, many were motivated by McKenzie's leadership of The Sun following Hillsborough, which saw the tabloid's coverage of the disaster blame fans.
— Mal Bennett (@malbennett29) January 13, 2016
Some Labour supporters placed the panel in the context of controversy over the BBC's decision to persuade Labour shadow cabinet member Stephen Doughty to resign live on its 'Daily Politics' programme.
— Reclaim The News (@ReclaimTheNews) January 14, 2016
Meanwhile, other commentators lamented the panels lack of ethnic diversity.
— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) January 14, 2016
Previous research conducted by Labour MP David Lammy found that as many as 60% of all Question Time panels over the last parliament lacked any black or minority ethnic voices.
However, those criticising the programme for political bias perhaps have short memories.
BBC panels and audiences have been routinely criticised for being too left wing, with Ukip leader Nigel Farage even deciding to censure an entire audience for bias during a General Election debate last year.
In fact, an analysis by the New Statesman last year found that, at least on a party-by-party basis, that claims of bias didn't really stack up, concluding there was a "slight, slight tilt to the right is barely worth talking about."
The BBC told HuffPost UK: "Question Time hears from a range of voices and usually consists of one senior politician from both the Labour and Conservative party, as well as representatives from other political parties.
"The rest of the panel is made of political commentators, journalists, and other public figures that add a different perspective and represent a range of viewpoints across the series."
Stoke-on-Trent legend Alan Barrett took on the Sun newspaper's managing editor Stig Abell in a sensational exchange. While lambasting the paper's coverage of Jeremy Corbyn's bow during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, Abell's attempts to get a word in edgeways were met with a clear and cutting jibe: "Shut up, pal," Barrett said.
Amid a row between the Question Time audience over Scottish independence one member of the audience was invited to make a comment. It was a short, but wonderful contribution to the debate. "I believe that if we become independent then we will be one step closer to finding aliens," says the young chap in the white shirt.
An audience member who said he was homeless waded into a discussion on immigration to bemoan the fact that one in seven new businesses have been set up by immigrants, fuming that they had "all been given money". He went on: "[The money] has been thrown at the immigrants. I've applied for 100 jobs on the railway, i don't even get an interview anymore. these immigrants they get all their tickets paid for. I'm homeless, I've got nowhere to live."
Filmed in Scotland, the question of the then forthcoming referendum came up, with the camera cutting to this chap – Nigel from Inverness who delivered a vignette that could have been lifted from the script of Braveheart… If Wallace was in favour of the Union… which he wouldn’t have been. “I was born in Inverness, I’m a passionate Highlander, and I love Scotland. I will take a stand to keep the United Kingdom together. I will give my life for my country as my grandfather did in the First World War.” Well bravo, sir.
When Nigel Farage and Russell Brand failed to set sparks flying, the audience was on hand to provide a dose of surreal heckling that was universally lapped up by viewers baying for intellectual blood. Shouty blue-haired woman (SBHW) started with some good old-fashioned insults aimed at Farage.
The brother of a Ukip candidate accosted Russell Brand on the programme after the comedian accused party leader Nigel Farage of "pointing his finger at immigrants and the disabled".
In the most fractious Question Time of recent years, George Galloway clashed with fellow panelist Jonathan Freedland and a large, vocal bank of audience members on Thursday following a question on the rising tide of anti-Semitism in the UK.
One man in Leeds immediately regretted his pointed question on the NHS to David Cameron in April this year.
And this was *before* the Lib Dems disastrous General Election.
A desperate mother launched an impassioned tirade at one top Tory minister for the government's decision to slash tax credits, despite a pre-election pledge not to.