CBBC is endeavouring to highlight the importance of democracy to youngsters in a ‘fun’ documentary series, Vote For Me.
The series, airing the week of the General Election, will challenge pupils at a school in South-East London to enter an election race for the ultimate prize – the chance to become Head Teacher for a week and effect their very own policies.
CBBC cameras will capture every move as the pupils devise their policies, choose their electoral teams and launch their campaigns. Once on the campaign trail, the candidates will receive help and advice from a top advertising agency, be given insider tips from the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, and receive a grilling from the BBC’s Political Editor, Nick Robinson.
“I think it is incredibly important that our audience understands the importance of voting and why we need a democracy in this country. Vote For Me introduces this in a fascinating way: it combines history with humour and encourages the audience to think about what it means to have an election. I’m excited and very intrigued to see the policies the young candidates put forward and which of these the other children choose to vote for.” – Controller of CBBC, Cheryl Taylor
Presented by Stacey Dooley, the series will also feature a number of special-guest appearances from Dick and Dom and Bobby Lockwood, as well as a number of short witty films about the history of democracy from civil rights to the Suffragettes.
Vote For Me will be shown on CBBC in spring 2015.