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Last Updated: Monday, 24 April 2006, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK
Non-voters get Aardman treatment
Some of the Aardman non-voting creations

Non-voters have found a voice in the election campaign - and some new bodies too - thanks to the creators of Wallace and Gromit.

A new series of animated characters, with the voices and opinions of real non-voters, are being featured on BBC One's This Week programme.

The characters are the creation of Aardman and follow the example used for its Creature Comforts series.

This Week has interviewed people on the street about why they are not voting.

Reaching out

Programme producer Kate Ford said: "At the last election, almost two out of five people chose to stay at home on polling day, and at this election too, some predictions show that an even greater number of people may not choose to vote.

"In our programme, we try to cover politics in a different way and wanted to get to this group of people - who often aren't represented in the usual run of political programmes."

One of the characters, Sophie, from Bristol, remembers swearing she would always vote after learning about the suffragettes at school.

But she confesses she has never voted for anything.

In another of the animations, a pair of teenagers, Warren and Dino, say they would vote for the politicians who removed the bolts which stopped them "grinding" their skateboards on Bristol's College Green.

The characters will also give us their thoughts on politics, politicians and on the highs and lows of the campaign.

This Week is shown this Thursday at 2345 BST and otherwise on Mondays and Thursdays at 2335 BST.

The programme has also created new opening titles for the election, featuring a new version of the Tony Christie song (Is This The Way To) Amarillo?

The titles feature Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo and others mimicking the Peter Kay's Comic Relief video of the song.





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