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1966 General Election

BBC Parliament Easter Monday (March 2016)

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DV
dvboy
BBC Parliament are showing the 1966 General Election on Easter Monday from 8:20.
SP
Steve in Pudsey
In tribute to Cliff Michelmore, I guess?
DV
dvboy
It's just billed as being for the 50 year anniversary.
BR
Brekkie
It's just standard BBC Parliament filler.
SW
Steve Williams
dvboy posted:
It's just billed as being for the 50 year anniversary.


Well, it's both - it is fifty years to the week, and also Cliff's just died.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
It's just standard BBC Parliament filler.


No it isn't. It could be considered by now a tradition for most Bank Holiday Mondays.
Nicky and bilky asko gave kudos
:-(
A former member
It seem to be a good number of tweets about this programming, never thought it would that interesting to many people.



GL
globaltraffic24
Some of the presentation has been great, given it was only 1966! The graphics are - naturally - very poor, but much of the show had quite a modern feel to it. I caught the moment when they cut from closedown at 3am to re-starting for the breakfast results at 6am and it was fairly slick. C Michelmore casually walking back in to the studio to a music bed, acknowledging the team and then firing back into the show, with a quip about struggling to sleep for 2 hours. It's better than some of the later result shows from the 70s that have been shown on BBC Parliament. Apart from the one car crash sexist moment when all the results 'girls' were paraded for the cameras with comments about how they were far better looking than the old women from the last election show!
NG
noggin Founding member
Some of the presentation has been great, given it was only 1966! The graphics are - naturally - very poor, but much of the show had quite a modern feel to it. I caught the moment when they cut from closedown at 3am to re-starting for the breakfast results at 6am and it was fairly slick. C Michelmore casually walking back in to the studio to a music bed, acknowledging the team and then firing back into the show, with a quip about struggling to sleep for 2 hours. It's better than some of the later result shows from the 70s that have been shown on BBC Parliament. Apart from the one car crash sexist moment when all the results 'girls' were paraded for the cameras with comments about how they were far better looking than the old women from the last election show!


One thing to remember is that by 1966 B&W technology was humming along quite nicely, but '66 was only a year before BBC Two launched colour. Colour massively complicated things and made things a lot more difficult technically in some ways for the early years of colour elections (BBC One went colour in '69).
DT
DTV
Some of the presentation has been great, given it was only 1966! The graphics are - naturally - very poor, but much of the show had quite a modern feel to it. I caught the moment when they cut from closedown at 3am to re-starting for the breakfast results at 6am and it was fairly slick. C Michelmore casually walking back in to the studio to a music bed, acknowledging the team and then firing back into the show, with a quip about struggling to sleep for 2 hours. It's better than some of the later result shows from the 70s that have been shown on BBC Parliament. Apart from the one car crash sexist moment when all the results 'girls' were paraded for the cameras with comments about how they were far better looking than the old women from the last election show!


One thing to remember is that by 1966 B&W technology was humming along quite nicely, but '66 was only a year before BBC Two launched colour. Colour massively complicated things and made things a lot more difficult technically in some ways for the early years of colour elections (BBC One went colour in '69).


Though one advance in regards to elections and politics with the advent of colour TV was the notion of colour coding and party colours. Still into the 80s candidates wore any colour rosettes and there were red Conservative posters or green Labour leaflets. Of course, colour coding also enormously benefited the viewer as the shades of grey and patterned maps used here are terribly confusing - though in 1970 I believe the BBC used Green for Liberals rather than the Orange of today.

In terms of other past elections this year - 2001 is the only recorded election with an anniversary but it is the day after the House returns from Whitsun. It's great of BBC Parliament to repeat the election broadcasts, though I wonder if we'll ever get a repeat of events like the first Scottish elections.

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