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Poll to Poll with TV Cream: 1979

It’s the second of TV Cream’s election-themed weekly podcasts, and we’ve moved forward 15 years to 1979.

Change is afoot, both in the corridors of power and Television Centre. Familiar faces are taking their leave and new faces are settling in for the next decade. And is that Richard Stilgoe’s piano being wheeled into the BBC election studio?

Alongside a look at how the Beeb covered the result on air, this podcast also:

– prays for a moment of hush amidst the hurly-burly of 1979’s party political broadcasts;

– considers what Not The Nine O’clock News news was almost not;

– hears from Dr David Butler who shares his memories of the 1979 election;

–  continues to compile an inventory of TV Election Essentials, this week concentrating on whimsy;

– and extends a welcome to planet girth for Cyril Smith.

As usual, there are three ways to hear the podcast:

You can download it from TV Cream (a Cyril-sized 77MB); you can subscribe to it via iTunes; or you can listen to it right here:




  1. steve norgate

    April 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

    This one hasn’t appreared in i-tunes yet

  2. TV Cream

    April 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Yep, sorry Steve. Not sure what the problem is, but something’s befuddling iTunes right now. We’ll keep working on it.

  3. TV Cream

    April 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Right, to Steve and any other interested parties, Poll to Poll with TV Cream: 1979 is now available on iTunes. We finally worked out what was chuffing the whole thing up. Where there is discord, as someone recently said, may we bring podcastery…

  4. Chris O

    April 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Brilliant stuff as ever. Well done to everyone concerned.

    Thoroughly enjoying these podcasts. I was hoping BBC4 might commission a retrospective on Election Night coverage (and who knows, we may yet get one) but in its absence, I can listen to these brilliant packages of aural delight knowing that the Beeb probably wouldn’t have done anything better than this anyway…

    Keep up the good work, all… 🙂

  5. Ian B

    April 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Fantastic stuff so far, can’t wait until the third one!

  6. televisualcabbage

    April 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    The great TV Cream comes up trumps again, only they could make election coverage seem so exciting!

    Hope there’s a 1997 one as first time I voted

  7. TV Cream

    April 26, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the comments everyone! Very heartening, cos we tend to put these things out and never hear a word back. Pushing our luck, could we ask that if you like what you’ve heard, you pop a review on iTunes?. There’s a prize up for grabs too… a really good feeling inside.

  8. Chris O

    April 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    One other thing about the Beeb’s ‘Election ’79’, of course, was the introduction of ‘proper’ computer graphics. By that I mean colour graphs and charts showing the breakdown of votes in each area. All very swish for its time and a far cry from the blackboard captions of the 50’s and 60’s!

  9. John Rivers

    April 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Just to say these have been brilliant and in preparation for the next podcast I’m watching Election 87 on Youtube.

    Bring it on!

  10. Simon Rueben

    May 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for these podcasts, absolutely brilliant quality and you can really feel the effort, care and attention that must have gone into producing them. I’ve left complementary comments on iTunes.
    One thing I would like to ask though – on the Summer Scene podcast, in the roadshow section – what track is playing from 6:20 to 6:52? I know I know it but can’t figure it out.
    Cheers everyone.

  11. TV Cream

    May 11, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Hi Simon

    Well, thanks so much for your comments, and the iTunes review. Here’s your reward – that song is Ryan Paris, ‘La Dolce Vita’. It’s on YouTube here:

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