Swingometer | Remembering election nights with the pollster's favourite pendulum
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 12 May 1987
DURATION | 35 minutes 44 seconds
From his first appearance with the fabled swingometer in 1959 to his last in 1979, it was Robert McKenzie who often became the focal point for BBC election night coverage. The urbane and witty Canadian broadcaster is remembered here by colleagues David Dimbleby and Robin Day, fellow psephologist and statistical sparring partner David Butler and politicians including Tony Benn and former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
Robert McKenzie's day job was Professor of Sociology and later Chairman of the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics, where he had been a lecturer since 1949. Pictured: McKenzie with his swingometer.
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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