Tuesday 17 October 2017

There were some very familiar (and younger) faces on BBC Parliament’s 1997 general election showing

BBC Parliament showed the BBC’s coverage of the 1997 general election results more than 20 years on.

John Prescott shows his 1997 Labour card
John Prescott shows his 1997 Labour card

By Max McLean

In 1997, Labour returned to power under Tony Blair with a parliamentary landslide, winning a 179-seat majority in the House of Commons.

And 20 years on, BBC Parliament decided to show the BBC’s election results coverage on television, as well as tweeting pictures and information on Twitter, giving people a glimpse into what the social media website might have looked like were it around in the 20th century.

There were some snazzy graphics…

… which one Twitter user pointed out looked more than a little like the Internet Explorer logo.

Here’s Tony Blair with wife Cherie, at the start of 10 years as the UK’s Prime Minister.

Alex Salmond went for a very ’90s tie.

Meanwhile, William Hague’s tie shies away from the limelight a little more.

And Gordon Brown would wait another decade before he became Prime Minister.

It’s fair to say the BBC’s graphics have come a long way since 1997.

Former Tory MP Edwina Currie here, with some eerily relevant thoughts.

And it’s not just recognisable politicians either – journalists got the nostalgia treatment too.

Jeremy Paxman’s hair may have changed colour, but his tone certainly hasn’t.

Meanwhile, Krishnan Guru-Murthy wasn’t always a Channel 4 man you know – here he is in his youth, working a few channels down at the BBC.

And to close, here’s comedian Frank Skinner in a helicopter.

The sort of random image that you wouldn’t look twice at during an election day.

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