Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night: Come Dine With MP

May 5, 2010 by  
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As one of the closest election results in living memory draws near, Channel 4 have decided to adopt a satirical stance in the face of impending doom (a Tory victory) by inviting Charlie Brooker, David Mitchell and Jimmy Carr to lessen the blow. For anyone not voting Conservative it’ll be reminiscent of having George Formby strumming away on his ukulele for the troops or Vera Lynn reassuring the public to “Keep smiling through, just the way you used to do/Till the blue skies chase the dark clouds far away?.

Okay, so a Conservative victory won’t be as bad as the Blitz but it’ll still be damn depressing. With the Leaders’ debates having been fought and Gordon Brown presumably unable to make any bigger gaffes than he already has done, all there is left to do now is wait for the results to roll in and try and make the best of it.

Described by David Mitchell as being like “Big Brother but with posher people? you’ll still be able to keep up with the results as they come in live whilst enjoying popular shows with an election twist. Charlie Brooker’s You Have Been Watching will be featuring Robert Webb (Peep Show), Sharon Horgan (Friday Night Project) and Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead) as they collectively cast eyes over the previous month’s political television coverage.

Derek Hatton (Labour) takes on Edwina Currie (Tory/ex-mistress of John Major,) Brian Paddick (insubstantial Lib Dem politician) and Rod Liddle (outspoken journalist) in a special edition of Come Dine With MP. Viewers are advised to eat before watching this unpalatable bunch wolfing down one another’s culinary cultivations.

Fonejacker (starring in Chris Morris’ forthcoming feature debut Four Lions) will be making several impromptu appearances whilst Lauren Laverne, David Mitchell and Jimmy Carr share the role of compère. Most of the polls suggest its neck and neck as the three main parties race towards the finish line and some light comic relief might be exactly what this election needs before the sad reality settles in for whoever wins: it’s going to be a tough couple of years and a fair while until the “skies chase the dark clouds far away?.

tomo says:

5 Stars??? For endless bad, bad jokes read from autocue? Did Jaimie watch this? It was so smugly written. I’m surprised – and I was looking forward to this. Even David Mitchell couldn’t handle it – where is the quality?

bernard donovan says:

OOps spelled Derek wrong

bernard donovan says:

Perhaps Derick Hatton should have confounded the assumed prejudices and given his guests some working class fare. In London it might have been three slices of dripping toast and a mug of dark brown tea.( Showing me roots and age again)- purple rinse you know. I wonder what it would be in Liverpool.

Patrick says:

Its acceptable because the Conservatives, like many other political parties, are idiots

David says:

What utter rubbish!

I do not know why it is acceptable to talk in such a way about the Conservatives. The people doing so never explain why they do so.