Channel 4 aims to 'unspin' the election
The broadcaster is planning four Election Unspun documentaries for a primetime broadcast later this month. They include:
Election Unspun: How to Win Power
Looking at every election since 1979, the film uses interviews with key political players, as well as archive, to chart the changing face of campaigns since the first days of Thatcher. Over the years, politicians have discovered that being frank about the problems Britain faces can lose votes and so the message has gradually narrowed to safe areas that won’t scare the electorate.
Election Unspun: What They’ll Never Tell You
Channel 4 has approached the country’s leading experts for their solutions to the problems facing Britain today. While the pressure of party politics means politicians are often loath to consider radical alternatives such as nuclear fuel or the legalisation of drugs, this film goes outside the world of politics to hear what the leading people in their fields thinks should be done. Interviewees include Nicola Horlick on pensions, Trevor Bayliss on education and criminologist Professor David Wilson on prisons. Presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
Election Unspun: Why Politicians Can’t Tell the Truth
Peter Oborne, political editor of The Spectator, hits the campaign trail to find out what the politicians are talking about. Are the subjects they address really relevant to the electorate? And how do they keep the debate on issues they think will win them votes?
Election Unspun: What They’re Really Thinking
In an election special, psychologist Peter Collett analyses the tell-tale body language of politicians during the election campaign to reveal what is really going on inside their heads.
C4 has also launched two new websites along the "unspun" theme.