Armando Iannucci once told The Times that, “I always put in side stories that I think are just too daft, and then you find they’ve actually happened…I watched an ITN report and thought: ‘That’s exactly the same as a scene we did in The Day Today. But as a joke! It was very weird.”
Now, as our colleague Tom Langdon just pointed out, this trailer for Dimbleby’s election news coverage bears an uncanny resemblance to the kind of laboured, overly literal graphics which Brant, Chris Morris’ physical cartoonist would employ for comic merit.
“David, who will pave the way to Number Ten?” asks Jeremy Vine. And then, lo, behold, many many paving stones fall down to symbolise each constituency, literally paving the way to Number Ten. You have to wonder whether Peter O’Hanraha-hanrahan himself will be joining David tonight. Here’s hoping.
In other election-related trivia, a friend in Nice sent me some random election-related facts today, and I thought these two odd enough to share:
Number 10 Downing Street was number 5 until 1779.
Its last private resident was called Mr Chicken.
Thanks Miranda. Happy election day, anyway. May the best man win. Or something.