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Channel 4 has extended its Election Night programme and finalised the presenting team. Britain Decides with The Rest Is Politics and Gogglebox will begin at 9.45pm on 4th July and follow the results of the ballot until 9am the following morning, making it the longest continuous programme on Election Night.

The show will be fronted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Emily Maitlis and include The Rest is Politics podcast hosts Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart who’ll be on air throughout the night with their unique brand of analysis, steering viewers through what many are predicting to be a game-changing moment in British politics.

Professor Hannah Fry will be joining the presenting team. Hannah will present the results and crunch the data at the big screen, helping to make sense of the numbers and tell the story of the night.

Channel 4 has also announced an array of frontline politicians and commentators across the political spectrum will join the team exclusively throughout the coverage to provide insight.

These include Conservative former Chancellors Kwasi Kwarteng and Nadim Zahawi, Labour’s Harriet Harman, who is stepping down as MP after 40 years in the Commons, ex-Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, the SNP’s Mhairi Black, who is stepping down at this election, and Reform Party campaigner Ann Widdecombe. There will also be an audience of voters present in the studio as the night unfolds.     

C4 News’ Political Editor Gary Gibbon will be on hand throughout for his first class analysis. And a team of reporters will be at key counts across the country capturing the moments of drama as the results are declared.

Going beyond Westminster, and in unique Channel 4 style, the coverage will also include exclusively commissioned inserts from Gogglebox favourites, providing their take on the election campaign.

Louisa Compton, Channel 4’s Head of News and Current Affairs and Specialist Factual and Sport  says: “I’m delighted that Channel 4 viewers will be able to go to bed and wake up with our fantastic team of presenters and pundits, who’ll be on air for over 11 hours, analysing every twist and turn of the election night. There really will be no better place to watch events unfold”

Hannah Fry says:  “Few national moments hinge so heavily on numbers and data; but the numbers here are really just stories - about who we are as a country and how we want to be governed. I’m delighted to join this stellar line up to bring those stories to life as they emerge on election night.”

The programme will be made by ITN Productions.  


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