Internet sensation Jackie Weaver will attempt to take on the role of Prime Minister in a new Channel 4 reality series.
Make Me Prime Minister will challenge 12 ‘ordinary yet opinionated Brits’ to actually run the country, with the group heading out on the campaign trail.
Weekly group challenges will test their leadership skills, resilience and integrity – so we’ll finally see exactly how much authority Jackie does have.
Their political journey will be steered by Alistair Campbell and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.
Alistair recently scathingly tweeted: “Back on the road with @SayeedaWarsi in the #MakeMePrimeMinister hunt for a member of the public who’d make a better PM than Johnson (narrows it down to about 60million).”
The pair of political heavyweights will set a range of challenges from handling diplomatic crises to avoiding domestic gaffes, from explaining education policy to five-year-olds to being grilled by top journalists.
Candidates will be whittled down across the series through a weekly vote, before the final Channel 4 Alternative Prime Minister is crowned.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said: “Serving as Chairman of the Conservative Party and a Cabinet minister in a coalition government, I was convinced values and ethics matter as much as political ideology.
“So Alastair Campbell and I are putting aside our political differences to focus on what it takes to lead. I hope we can inspire a new generation of passionate voters and politicians.”
Alastair Campbell said: “Done properly, being Prime Minister is about a tough a job as anyone can do. It is great that so many people think they can do it and I am looking forward to working with Sayeeda Warsi to guide and challenge them to see if they really have what it takes.
“Fair to say politics is in a bit of a mess right now and I hope not only that some genuine political talent emerges through the series but also that it might inspire the watching public to get more engaged in politics and get properly involved.”
Phil Harris, head of entertainment and events at Channel 4 said: “We usually tackle politics through our studio-based satire. Now we are injecting some of that attitude to an innovative new competition series that has purpose, scale and humour.
“Make Me Prime Minister will give real people the chance to prove their leadership credentials. We’re excited to be jumping on the political bandwagon with Twofour, Motion Content Group and AOP.”
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Netflix confirms release date for next instalment of The Crown
Netflix has announced the release date and a teaser trailer for the fifth series of The Crown.
The hugely popular historical drama follows the timeline of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
It’s gone from her coronation all the way through to the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana – and the next instalment will bring the series closer to the present day.
Every two seasons, new actors take on the roles of the royal family, which means a brand new cast taking to our screens when The Crown returns.
Netflix confirmed at its Tudum event that the new season will air on 9 November.
In the teaser trailer, we get our first proper glimpse of Elizbaeth Debicki in the role of Diana, and Dominic West as Prince Charles.
The tense clip shows the breakdown of the famous couple’s marriage, and looks set to include the controversial interview with Martin Bashir.
Imelda Staunton, who also played Professor Umbridge in Harry Potter, will take on the lead role as Queen Elizabeth II.
Previous actors who have portrayed the Queen have been Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.