Look out for that Chronicle video of ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband being mobbed by a hen party popping up on Channel 4’s annual comic round-up My Big Fat Quiz of the Year.
It was back in April that Mr Miliband cast off his Wallace and Gromit image when he was mobbed by a group of screaming young women on a hen night in Chester after his battle bus parked up outside the Westminster Hotel in City Road.
The whole hilarious episode, which came just weeks before Labour’s humiliating defeat in the May 7 general election, was captured by Chronicle chief reporter David Holmes in a video that went viral.
Now London-based BFQ Ltd, who produce C4’s My Big Fat Quiz of the Year, has confirmed a clip was used when the programme was filmed on Monday (December 14) although it is currently unknown whether the video will be included in the actual broadcast on December 26.
The show will feature quiz master Jimmy Carr challenging panellists Rob Brydon, Richard Ayoade, David Mitchell, Claudia Winkleman, Greg Davies and Jo Brand to battle for the Big Fat Quiz crown, and an array of celebs join in the fun.
Within the hours and days after it was first uploaded to The Chronicle website, the video was broadcast on all major TV channels and radio stations including BBC Radio Five Live Breakfast, Sky News plus BBC1’s Sunday Politics, Have I Got a News For You and the Graham Norton Show.
The funny incident occurred after Mr Miliband’s battle bus parked up outside the appropriately named Westminster Hotel in City Road following a long day on the campaign trail with the Labour leader booked on a train back to London.
One of the 25-strong group of hens from Knutsford spotted the bus after she popped outside for a crafty cigarette.
Within minutes the hen herself, Nicola Braithwaite, now Clayton, had been alerted along with the full entourage.
After some negotiations, spin-doctors had let the bride-to be on board for a brief one-to-one and a photograph. But after cries of ‘Ed, Ed, Ed!’, the man himself appeared at the door of the coach and waved for a group selfie.
The video caught the public imagination. Nicola even invited Ed along to her big day although in the end her husband Howard had to resort to wearing an Ed Miliband mask.
A still from the footage was even chosen by former Labour MP Ed Balls as one of his two favourite images from the campaign trail when he appeared live on ITV’s The Agenda programme.
Mr Balls, who came to Chester to support Labour candidate Chris Matheson, told The Chronicle during the election campaign: “We were just saying in the top three scoops of this whole general election, there’s no doubt you got one of them. I mean the hen night, bus party, video moment, gosh.”