Judge: Jonathan Dimbleby
Diverse for BBC One, 16 October to 18 December 2008 (10 episodes in 1 series)
If Vote for Me was the political Pop Idol (and if we say it was, then it was, OK?), then Election may be the political Apprentice. Or The Sorcerer's Apprentice, at any rate. Ten children, aged 11 to 14, are given various political campaign-related tasks, their performance is appraised by a panel of judges, and one is booted off each week. Who goes? Jonathan Dimbleby decides. So much for democracy, then. The winner gets to present their manifesto to Gordon Brown, who will not implement any part of it.
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"Your campaign is over."
Election won the 2009 Children's BAFTA award for Best Entertainment programme.
The Election name and branding was used for a programme transmitted on 22 April 2010, in which children posed questions of representatives of political parties. This show, airing two weeks before the UK general election of that year and hosted by Angellica Bell, had no particular game show content. Unless you count elections as game shows...