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Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes anti-hero cop Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt - played with suitable gusto by Philip Glenister - has been voted by telly fans as the fictional character they would most like to see become Blighty's Prime Minister. The self-styled Gene Genie - known for his no-BS manner around the manor - …


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  1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    Mancunians are ace

    Which we all knew anyway! What would be his first law? Letting Citeh actually win something? :-D

    Yes, I know Mr. Glenister isn't actually from the fabled city but he does the accent well enough so he gets my vote.

  2. Pete 2 Silver badge

    Sounds like John Prescott for PM ....

    > "Would the Honourable Member ...." etc.

    Just change the Jags for A Quattro (and maybe a Golf GTI) and you're there!

  3. The_Police!


    Gene Hunt jokes!

    *Mines the one with Genie on the back*

  4. Stef 4


    Gene Hunt isn't a TV star, he's a character. If the voting public can't even make that distinction...

    Then again, I guess they will be voting for one of the TV stars from BBC 1's new hit TV show "Election Debate".

    I for one welcome our new TV character overlords, and I can't wait for the internet fanboy fallout when a Russell T Davies character wins.

    1. Raidwen

      Gene Hunt might not be a star (true he's character)...

      But then again, he's running against Doctor Who, the man who changes faces as often as he changes his clothes (and still (presumably with the amount of women he's around) stays fresh).

      I wouldn't go telling any fan-girls that Gene Hunt doesn't exist though

      I wonder what Britain would be like if Timothy Dalton was prime minister..

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Dalton? Great idea!

        He's been President of the High Council of the Time Lords,

        He's been James Bond

        He's run a Somerfield

        He's been Julius Cesar

        So pretty much he's got the ability to pretend to rule, the ability to pretend to be awesome and the ability to connect with the mentally hilarious and bored rural types as well as those from the city.

        Plus he could just burn down London if it got too screwy again.

        Also, he's Welsh- which seems to be pretty cool at the moment.

        Timothy Dalton for Prime Minister!

  5. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    so it's Friday and there's no IT news then

    Fine I'm game :-)

    Dr Who for PM

    Gene Hunt for Foreign Office

    Stig for Treasury

    Amy Pond as Chief Whip

    And if it's at all possible Karen from Outnumbered as the leader of the opposition.

    1. Marcus Aurelius

      Not forgetting

      Jeremy Clarkson for Minister for Transport.

  6. Chris Miller

    The really sad thing is

    This is now how the PM will be chosen, thanks to the "let's all pretend we're American and voting for a president" TV debates. Nicklegg only topped the polls because Jedward was unavailable.

    And while I'm in curmudgeon mode, why do we want to encourage more people to vote? If you can't be arsed to walk a couple of hundred yards to the nearest polling booth or fill in a postal vote, should you really have a say in who governs the country?

    1. Just Thinking


      If the Milliband brothers take over from Gordo, that would be Dedward.

      1. MJI Silver badge

        Or deadwood

        Lets pick on the Millipedes - it is fun

  7. DavCrav

    Nobody intelligent then?

    "Who do you want to be Prime Minister, if it had to be someone from television?"

    "Well, some bird from Corrie would be good."

  8. D@v3

    Francis Urquhart for PM

    nuff said

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Gawd 'Elp Us I Say ...

    What an' insight into the social profile of Virgin Media subscribers....

    A list of 'B movie' posers and soap opera "personalities".

    It's enough to make you choke on your glottal stop.

    Image if people like this had the vote?

    The end.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      image indeed, image indeed.....

  10. Huntsman


    She's fit though, so would get my vote. I wouldn't mind making a deposit in her ballot box, etc.

  11. Steven Raith

    Fire up the...

    ....extensive tax reforms!


    Steven R

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