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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 April, 2005, 06:43 GMT 07:43 UK
Amarillo becomes poll soundtrack
Andrew Neil and friends filming the new opening titles

Tony Christie has already topped the music charts and now a new version of cult song Amarillo is becoming an election soundtrack.

BBC One's This Week is using the song for its opening titles in the election.

Presenter Andrew Neil has donned a purple suit and joined a bevy of dancing girls to mimic Peter Kay's Comic Relief video.

The new titles feature in This Week's election specials, screened every Monday and Thursday evening.

The programme is usually at 2335 BST but this Thursday will be shown at 2345 BST.

As well as publisher and former newspaper editor Mr Neil, the titles feature former Conservative Defence Minister Michael Portillo and BBC chief political correspondent Mark Mardell.

Look-alikes of Tony Blair, Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy, as well as comic pub landlord Al Murray, also dance and mime to Christie's tune.

Christie has specially rewritten (Is this the way to) Amarillo for the programme, with the new chorus "election fever's in the air".

The first showing of the titles cut to Mr Neil marching into the studio in a feather boa, which he deftly threw into the lap of Labour candidate and pundit Diane Abbott.

Guests lined up for This Week's election programmes include impressionists Rory Bremner and Alistair McGowan, historian David Starkey and comedian Rich Hall.

Leading brain researcher Susan Greenfield, novelist Fay Weldon and ex-newspaper editor Rose Boycott are also due to appear in the show.



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