Channel 4's Alternative Election Night. Image shows from L to R: David Mitchell, Jeremy Paxman. Copyright: Zeppotron
Channel 4's Alternative Election Night

Channel 4's Alternative Election Night

  • TV factual
  • Channel 4
  • 2010 - 2019
  • 4 episodes

Satirical comedy shows broadcast live, revealing the results of the 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2019 General Elections. Features David Mitchell, Jeremy Paxman, Richard Osman, Cathy Newman, Jimmy Carr and more.

Channel 4's Alternative Election Night. Image shows from L to R: Romesh Ranganathan, Cathy Newman, Jeremy Paxman, David Mitchell, Aisling Bea, Richard Osman. Copyright: Zeppotron

Key details

Genre
Factual
Broadcast
2010 - 2019
Channels
Channel 4
Episodes
4
Features
David Mitchell, Jeremy Paxman, Richard Osman, Cathy Newman, Jimmy Carr, Lauren Laverne, Charlie Brooker, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and more
Director
John L Spencer
Producers
Alison Marlow, Russell Balkind, Ruth Phillips, Andrew Westwell, Chris Shaw and Ian Rumsey
Companies

Channel 4's Alternative Election Night, filmed in front of a studio audience, aims to bring viewers the results from the General Election in an entertaining way.

2010 Show:

Heading up this ambitious live show was hosts Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell and Lauren Laverne. Joining them in the studio was Charlie Brooker, plus a range comedians, pundits, political commentators and even an in-studio bookmaker.

The early election results were covered as they came in, plus there were politics-themed pre-recorded specials of Fonejacker, You Have Been Watching and Come Dine With Me.

Channel 4 described the programming as "a provocative, cerebral and entertaining take on all things election, featuring discussion, specially recorded segments and audience reaction".

2015 Show:

Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell presided over the evening's programming and were joined by a host of guests in the studio and around the country with their take on the unfolding story. Richard Osman was on hand to provide his interpretation of events, with Gary Gibbon and Cathy Newman providing hard-edged commentary on the political story. The Channel 4 News reporting team were on the ground in key electoral battlegrounds, reporting right through the night and bringing the latest news and results.

2017 Show

Jeremy Paxman, David Mitchell and Richard Osman were joined by a host of guests in the studio and around the country with their take on the unfolding story. Jeremy presided over round table debates providing hard-edged commentary on the political story. Richard Osman and David Mitchell were on hand to provide their own incisively funny interpretation of events, with additional analysis from Channel 4 News presenters Cathy Newman and Gary Gibbon joining in the studio.

2019 Show

The next show is expected to be fronted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Rylan Clark-Neal and Katherine Ryan.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Channel 4's Election Night
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 6th May 2010 at 9pm on Channel 4

Recording details

  • BBC Television Centre - 2010 show
  • Pinewood Studios - 2015 and 2017 shows
  • Riverside Studios - 2019 show

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