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Poll to Poll with TV Cream: 1997

It’s the last of TV Cream’s election-themed weekly podcasts, and we’re concluding with a journey back just 13 years to 1997.

It was the election that saw Paxman proffering hemlock, an asteroid hitting the earth and Edwina Currie being buried under several hundredweight of shingle.

Aside from our usual eye over the Beeb’s election night coverage, we:

– salute the many and varied on-screen election commentariat, otherwise known as humble spear-carriers, in Election Essentials;

– catalogue the calumnies of Lembit “Lembit Opik MP!” Opik;

– rifle amongst the party political broadcasts of 1997, with a quick detour back to Brixton market in 1992;

– once again try to put our finger on the big TV satire show of the year;

– and hear what David Butler thinks will be the result of this year’s general election.

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

You can download it from TV Cream; you can subscribe to it via iTunes; or you can listen to it right here:


Happy listening – and voting!

With special thanks to David Butler and Brian Lindsay.



  1. televisualcabbage

    May 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Good stuff as always…

    But what happens if there’s another election this year?

    Poll to Poll Extra perhaps?

  2. Applemask

    May 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Can’t call Lembit that anymore.

  3. Chris O

    May 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Super stuff as ever.

    Sure enough, David Butler even predicted the 2010 outcome correctly (mind you, so did I), and Lembit Opik took the TV dollar again by appearing on ‘Have I Got Election News For You’ the other night.

    Some things never change…

  4. Ian B

    May 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I just knew David Butler was going to get it right!

  5. TV Cream

    May 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    There’s a special David Butler podcast on the way, hopefully before the end of the weekend.

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