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The Brexit Deal Votes a surprise hit for BBC Parliament Channel

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BBC Parliament sees record viewing figures for the second episode of its new sitcom The Brexit Deal Votes.

With the second airing of The Brexit Deal Votes, the BBC Parliament channel has stumbled upon a surprise hit that has seen the channel’s viewing figures rocket this January.

Weekly viewing figures, for the specialist tv station, often fall short of those for a single episode of daytime tv rival, Homes Under the Hammer, but the new prime-time show looks set to take all comers.

The first episode, aired on January 15th at 7 pm, introduced viewers to the type of comedy characters the BBC used to knock out in the good old days.

Theresa May typecast as ever, plays a stubborn and hapless Prime Minister who can’t get her Brexit Deal passed and is the perfect foil for Jeremy Corbyn’s comical leader of the opposition. 

Some critics have intimated that Corbyn's performance leans heavily on Edward Kitchener’s portrayal of Ted Trotter in sitcom Only Fools and Horses, but in many ways, this just adds to the charm of this future-classic BBC sitcom. 

John Bercow, as speaker, brings comic relief to the piece and a strong supporting cast made up of eccentric characters like Jacob Rees-Mogg’s MP for North East Somerset, keep the laughs coming.

Last night’s episode, that went head-to-head with The One Show, gave us a cliffhanger ending with MPs both voting against the possibility of a no deal Brexit and sending May back to Europe to renegotiate the deal she repeatedly said couldn’t be renegotiated.

While the BBC have been tight-lipped over how many episodes they intend to produce, The Brexit Deal Votes is already looking like it will become a Tuesday night favourite that will run and run.

Office workers already picking out box sets ahead of snow travel chaos

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Snow, ice and widespread working from home under a duvet on Wednesday, the Met Office warns.

A yellow weather warning was issued overnight, with parts of the UK expected to be brought to a near standstill by a volume of snow most northern European countries could sweep up over a lunchtime.

Police have urged people in London and the Southeast to plan ahead, predicting that 3-5mm of slushy sleet could cause minor travel disruption across the region. 

Over the coming days, an estimated 73.65% of London’s 8.7 million residents will be exaggerating the disruption to their commute, as the winter weather hits. 

The editors of, London local papers, The Evening Standard and The Metro are ready to deploy ‘blitz spirit’ clichés alongside pictures of office workers trudging through an inch of grey slush, while the BBC’s entire news output will focus on snow-related delays to commuter trains into the capital. 

Cut off from their places of work by minor delays to buses and the Underground, many workers will be forced to work from home with only the latest Netflix blockbuster keeping them warm.

City office drone Mark Collins told us: “Yeah the weather girl said the North would be hit hardest, I’m like in Edgware, so I’ll probably be snowed in for a few at boxsets at least. Winter is Coming!” 

The Met Office predicts that Scotland and northern England could see up to 10cm ( 4in ) of snow tonight with residents likely to just go about their business as usual tomorrow.