Swingometer | Remembering election nights with the pollster's favourite pendulum
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 03 May 1979
DURATION | 1 minutes 17 seconds
Election night rookie David Dimbleby attempts to diffuse Professor Robert McKenzie's partisan support for the swingometer, while David Butler weighs in with a vote for the computer during this coverage of the 1979 general election.
At this stage of the 1979 proceedings, the landslide victory for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives was not yet apparent, with only a 4.5% swing to the right being forecast by this point in the evening. This was David Dimbleby's first stint as the main anchor for the BBC's election night coverage and, sadly, was Robert McKenzie's last election appearance before his death.
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.
Portrait of a swingometer pioneer.
The king of the swingometer remembered by friends, colleagues, politicians and pundits.
The swingometer goes large for 1992.
Peter Snow drives the graphics for the 1997 election.
A virtual swingometer for Peter Snow in 2005.
Images from inside the BBC during Britain's general elections.
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