Swingometer | Remembering election nights with the pollster's favourite pendulum
A mainstay of BBC election night coverage, the swingometer was designed to explain the unfolding results in visual terms. It has kept pace with evolving broadcast technology and developed from a simple hand-made prop into the latest in computer wizardry.
In this collection, we examine the evolution of this political pendulum and meet some of the presenters who made the device their own. Extracts from election nights over the decades remind us of dramatic victories and losses and demonstrate some of the stresses of a live television broadcast.
Noises off fail to dent David Butler's delivery.
Painting in a late swing.
Sue Lawley with election results for London and the South East.
Swingometer banter from 1979 with the irrepressible Bob McKenzie.
The king of the swingometer remembered by friends, colleagues, politicians and pundits.
Peter Snow drives the graphics for the 1997 election.
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