Election Night

The BBC has received a barrage of criticism followings its broadcast of an election-night celebrity boat party.

Cut-away sequences from the boat party were broadcast throughout the night’s coverage on BBC which featured the likes of Bruce Forsyth, Joan Collins and Fern Britton.

But fans were unimpressed with the event, which reportedly cost £30,000, unleashing a barrage of criticism on the BBC message boards.

On post read: “I have absolutely no interest in hearing the views of drunken celebs. Typical BBC self-indulgence.”

Guests on the boat seemed equally dissatisfied, with satirist Armando Iannucci tweeting: “On the barge. No power. You can’t see us. We have no telly. It’s the worst place in UK to be right now, apart from Brown’s trousers.”

In response, a BBC spokesperson said: “As part of our election night coverage, we produced live interviews and broadcasts throughout the night from a boat moored outside the London Eye, discussing the election results with views of the House [of Commons]. Andrew Neil was talking to politicians, commentators and well-known personalities and opinion-formers.”

Source: Digital Spy

This newly announced general election has got everone excited.

Well, not everyone.

There’s some of you who would rather listen to your own life ebb away than listen to people talking about MPs.

However, it’s not going to go away and Channel 4 is going to offer viewers an election-night that contains a few laughs.

One of the shows to be aired is a politics-themed Come Dine with Me special featuring Rod Liddle, Brian Paddick, Edwina Currie and Derek Hatton.

Elsewhere, there’ll be an Alternative Election Night (6th May) which will be hosted by David Mitchell and Jimmy Carr, with contributions from Charlie Brooker, and will be a four-hour live event with a studio audience of “comedy enthusiasts of mixed political persuasions”.

Of course, there’ll be more trad political telly with a 90-minute studio discussion hosted by Jon Snow and a Dispatches special called Election Uncovered.

“On the other channels, the party leaders will get to lay out their stall three times over with 76 rules limiting the degree to which they can be interrogated by their opponents, the presenter or the audience,” said Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs.

“In these two programmes from Channel 4 current affairs we present the election facts none of the main parties wants you to see.”

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