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Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling to clash in second TV debate over Scottish independence vote

By Paul Ward

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling are to face each other again in a second live TV debate on the independence referendum, it has been confirmed.

It will be screened on BBC One Scotland and across the rest of the UK on BBC Two from 8.30pm on Monday, August 25.

The 90-minute debate will be staged in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow in front of an audience of 200 people selected by polling and research consultancy, ComRes, the BBC said.

The broadcaster added that questions will feature prominently in the programme, which will be shared as a simulcast with other broadcasters and media outlets including newspapers.

The first televised debate between the First Minister and the leader of the Better Together campaign was screened on STV last week. A Guardian/ICM poll conducted immediately afterwards indicated former chancellor Mr Darling had won the debate by 56% to 44%.

Mr Salmond said he's "up for the cup" in the forthcoming debate, suggesting Scotland's currency options will feature prominently once again.

He also said he was going for a "more conversational" tone than in the previous STV debate, when he was widely regarded to have been trumped by Better Together leader Alistair Darling's more "passionate" performance.

Internet forum Mumsnet has also lined up the opposing leaders for an online debate.

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