Election 2015: How BBC election night coverage has changed
As voters get ready to decide who governs the country, we take a look back at how BBC News has covered election nights over the decades.
Our first special election night programme was in 1955, presented by Richard Dimbleby. It was a serious affair and we had a map surrounded by what look like bus destination signs.
Four years later we got a computer - or as Richard called it: "An a-leck-tronic com-pewt-ar". In fact, we were so excited we gave it a name. Meet Ella:
The swingometer soon became a staple part of our coverage, although it was pretty basic in the early days. In 1970, for example, we had to call in a chap with a paint brush to make a few alterations:
Outside the studio, we have long deployed dozens of BBC reporters to vote counts across the country. But as Michael Cockerell found out in 1979, things don't always go to plan:
Thankfully, social attitudes have changed quite a bit since we started covering election nights - and segments like this one from 1964 about the "pretty studio girls" sound pretty bizarre now:
Our interviews with female politicians have also come on a bit since this one conducted by Robin Day and Cliff Michelmore with Tory MP Janet Fookes in 1970:
Anyway, that's enough casual sexism - let's move on to another vice. In decades past, it wasn't uncommon to see our presenters unwinding with a cigarette or cigar.
To give the studio team a break, every now and then we venture out to speak to "ordinary voters". In this clip from 1974, a "housewife" rallies against a Tory government:
We also like to bring you the voice of the younger generation. Invariably, that means hitting the dancefloor. We always send the most suave of our reporters, like Bernard in 1970:
Interviewing the winners and the losers is always fun - but technology can often be a stumbling block. Still, 'Brother Day' handled this example very well in 1964:
When the results are in we usually know the best people to turn to for analysis. Not always, though, as this Brucie Bonus shows:
And if our guests don't quite hit the nail on the head, we always have a bank of snazzy graphics to call on. Sometimes we get a little carried away, as demonstrated by Jeremy Vine:
Talking of presenters, our front man has been one of the few elements that hasn't changed much over the years.
We began with Richard Dimbleby in 1955 and his son, David, has been leading the coverage since 1979. But he's not always as serious as his father was: