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Ballot Monkeys 

Satiracal political comedy that focuses on the four main British political parties in the run up to the 2015 General Election.
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Series cast summary:
Jimmy Akingbola ...  Baz Adebalu 5 episodes, 2015
Theo Barklem-Biggs ...  Conor Jones 5 episodes, 2015
Trevor Cooper ...  Jack Pardew 5 episodes, 2015
Hugh Dennis ...  Martin Frost 5 episodes, 2015
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ...  Simon Swann 5 episodes, 2015
Sarah Hadland ...  Kate Standen 5 episodes, 2015
Daisy Haggard ...  Christine Proctor 5 episodes, 2015
Liz Kingsman ...  Ruby Hughes 5 episodes, 2015
Ben Miller ...  Kevin Sturridge 5 episodes, 2015
Hattie Morahan ...  Siobhan Hope 5 episodes, 2015
Andy Nyman ...  Gerry Stagg 5 episodes, 2015
Kathleen Rose Perkins ...  Melanie Buck 5 episodes, 2015
Esther Smith ...  Charlotte Guthrie 5 episodes, 2015
Rhashan Stone ...  Obi 4 episodes, 2015
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A comedy series built around the 2015 British election campaign. The programme follows the campaign buses and their electioneering staff as they cope with events, polls and media responses. The plot is kept relevant by recording during the week it is to be broadcast and therefore news items are reflected in the script.

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21 April 2015 (UK) See more »

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Hat Trick Productions See more »
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The characters of Gerry of Ukip and Ruby of the Conservatives also feature in the sequel series, Power Monkeys (2016). See more »

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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #49.8 (2015) See more »

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The real result
6 May 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

At first I had to check whether I was watching BBC2 because the cast of Episodes kept turning up!

However this series is from Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin the team behind Drop The Dead Donkey. This is a satire on the 2015 election campaign starring comedy stalwarts Hugh Dennis and Ben Miller written and filmed hours before transmission.

We see the various campaign teams on their battle buses talking about or crying over or just taking the Mick about real life events that have happened in the real political world. So we have comments on Ed's gravestone of pledges for example.

In that sense I felt it was a bit and hit and miss. The satire was not as sharp, Miller in the Liberal Democrat campaign bus coming over a little pathetic. Sarah Hadland stood out more with her little prejudices in the UKIP battle bus.

The Labour battle bus just made me look forward to the new series of Episodes which hopefully will contain more laughs.


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