Ballot Monkeys

Channel 4's Election Political satire Ballot Monkeys, described as a real-time political sitcom, was filmed on site at Pinewood Studios

As well as being able to accomodate the whole production, Pinewood was involved in devising the production workflow and schedule that happened all in one day.

To keep the show fresh and topical, all the final segments were written shot and edited on the day of transmission; some of the show was shot in the previous few days.

Paul Darbyshire, Broadcast Director for Pinewood Studios Group commented: “The show was like having four separate productions shooting at the same time, so a major hurdle was being able to ingest and manage 4 multicam shoots running continuously throughout the day. There were 8 camera’s shooting P2 on four political party buses so the quantity of media being generated was significant.”

The final programme was sent for transmission from one of Pinewood’s transmission galleries, utilising Pinewood’s diversely routed BT broadcast lines to tower.

Starring Ben Miller, Hugh Dennis, Sarah Hadland and Kathleen Rose Perkins the actors offered up authentic portrayals of politicians, reeling off stereotypical political promises alongside an abundance of over-exaggerated hand-gestures.