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By-Election Special

Duration: 5 hours, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

An extended political review of the week presented by Andrew Neil, with the result and reaction from the Rochester and Strood by-election count.

He is joined by Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson to talk to writer, journalist and broadcaster Ekow Eshun about Band Aid, Africa and Ebola.

There's a film of the week from Quentin Letts of the Mail, before Miranda Green and Suzanne Evans join the debate.

Comedian Omid Djalili gives his views on taste in the week when a space scientist apologised for his poor taste in shirts and the decision to ban Julian Blanc from the UK.

Plus the programme moves into by-election mode with Andrew waiting for the result and looking at the campaign with Iain Duncan Smith and George Eustice taking turns for the Conservatives, Labour's Vernon Coaker, UKIP's Suzanne Evans and Lib Dem Brian Paddick.

Through the night, BBC political editor Nick Robinson has updates and reaction from the count centre in Kent. Show less


Andrew Neil
Alan Johnson
Miranda Green
Suzanne Evans
George Eustice
Vernon Coaker
Brian Paddick
Interviewed Guest:
Ekow Eshun
Interviewed Guest:
Omid Djalili
Quentin Letts
Will Boden
Claire Bellis
Assistant Editor:
Richard Garvin
Production Manager:
Paula Prynn
Nigel Gooing
Arryn Moy
Peter Barnes
Tim Burke
Assistant Producer:
Ed Baranski
Executive Producer:
Robbie Gibb
Executive Producer:
Samir Shah

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