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24's director and The Wire star's election connection

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24
Kiefer Sutherland stars in 24, which Stephen Hopkins directs

The director of real-time TV thriller 24 has been recruited by Labour to direct their latest election broadcast.

Stephen Hopkins is known for creating high-octane drama in the US show, which stars Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer.

But his work for Labour was "slightly sinister", as well as being "dark and humorous", he told the Guardian. It was not Jack Bauer's "cup of tea", he said.

Labour confirmed Mr Hopkins was a party supporter. The broadcast is based on "a nightmare on your street".

Bureaucrats are seen walking around suburban streets, telling families about cuts which they claim would happen if the Tories came to power.

"This film is a warning to people about the Conservative policies that haven't made the news yet in this election," Mr Hopkins said.

Dominic West, Samantha Cameron and David Cameron
David Cameron said the actor (L) "tried to go out with Samantha once"

The British director's other credits include The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Nightmare on Elm Street 5.

Meanwhile Conservative leader David Cameron has claimed the star of another American TV show tried to woo his wife, Samantha.

"The Wire is excellent," he told Radio Times.

"Dominic West, who plays Jimmy McNulty, is a friend.

"He tried to go out with Samantha once. He fancied Samantha. I won!"

The actor, who - like Mr Cameron - is an Old Etonian, said recently that in his younger days, he and his friends "were all in love with Sam".

And he told the Daily Mail last year Mr Cameron was "a lovely bloke" but "none of us could understand what she was doing with this Cameron guy".

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