The United Kingdom general election of 1979 was held on 3 May 1979 to elect 635 members to the British House of Commons. The election was the first of four consecutive election victories for the Conservative Party, and Margaret Thatcher defeated incumbent Labour Prime Minister Jim Callaghan, to become the United Kingdom’s – and Europe’s – first female head of government.
The Election Night programme, carried by the BBC, began first at 2155 with an introduction to the night ahead and elections past, returning at 2255 until 0400 to watch results come in, including analysis and discussion with reporters and politicians.
A breakfast special also marked the start of another nine hours of coverage the following morning, from 0700.
Studio and Presenters
Swingometer / Analysis
Results Keyed Over Count Locations
Results Straps / General
Countdown to Majority
Studio Shots and Weather
Sue Lawley assisted David Dimbleby for this two-hour long section
Local News Opt
South East – with John Stapleton
Including Thatcher’s Downing Street Arrival