May ‘v’ Corbyn – refereed by Paxman


CHANNEL 4 today announced four new commissions which will form part of the broadcaster’s coverage of the General Election as well as what viewers can expect from Channel 4 news.

The programmes include a joint programme with Sky News ‘May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10’ in which Jeremy Paxman will interview the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition and the live Alternative Election Night results show fronted by Jeremy Paxman.

Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said: “Channel 4 has a strong track record of bringing elections alive, particularly for young audiences. This time we’re combining tough-talking current affairs with comedy and entertainment to really engage viewers with the big issues. Jeremy interviewing the two main candidates promises to be the must watch moment of the campaign.”

Jeremy Paxman said: “I look forward to putting some of the voters’ concerns to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn on 29th May. However many know-it-alls say they’re confident about the outcome, they could be wrong. After all, the pollsters’ got it wrong at the last election, and the last two referendums. On the night, there will be fascinating stories to tell. Parts of the map could be repainted. Some household names may be saying ‘sayonara’. I wouldn’t take anything much for granted.”

Channel 4’s election night anchor Jeremy Paxman will interview both May and Corbyn individually; allowing viewers to hear directly from the two party leaders. Sky News Political Editor Faisal Islam will moderate as questions from the audience are put to the two leaders.

The programme will be produced by Sky News live from a London venue and broadcast simultaneously on both Channel 4 and Sky News.

Alternative Election Night

As the polls close Jeremy Paxman, David Mitchell and Richard Osman will host Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night, the all-night feast of reaction, comment and analysis as the results of this snap election come in.

Paxman, Mitchell and Osman will be joined by a host of guests in the studio and around the country with their take on the unfolding story. Jeremy will preside over round table debates providing hard-edged commentary on the political story.

Richard Osman and David Mitchell will be on hand to provide their own incisively funny interpretation of events, with additional analysis from Channel 4 News presenters Cathy Newman and Gary Gibbon joining in the studio. The Channel 4 News reporting team will also be on the ground in key electoral battlegrounds, reporting right through the night and bringing the latest news and results along with expert guests.