Swingometer | Remembering election nights with the pollster's favourite pendulum
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 27 May 1983
DURATION | 19 minutes 42 seconds
David Butler, an Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, has been studying the unfolding drama of UK elections since the 1940s. In this programme, Alexander MacLeod talks to the man himself and his colleagues to uncover what drives this remarkable historian of elections to analyse and explain the workings of the ballot box.
David Butler was the co-creator of the swingometer and first used it on screen in 1959, before it became Robert McKenzie's trademark in 1964. Butler continued to be a part of the BBC's election night coverage until 1979, using his expertise as a psephologist (someone who analyses election statistics) to interpret the results from the polling stations.
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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