This Is What "The Thick Of It" Looks Like In Real Life
Behind the scenes at the TV election leaders' debates. Rows and rows of journalists laughing at each other's tweets, basically.
Away from the glamour of tonight's TV debate, there was a room nearby full of journalists talking about politics and eating crisps.
This is the "spin room", where political press officers try to tell journalists what to think.
Just rows and rows of journalists creating news, sat in some dark room, working away like the Gringotts goblins from Harry Potter.
At the start, we were given a lanyard, some information, and there was a rush to get the prime seats in front of this bloody massive television.
I elbowed several award-winning journalists out of the way to make sure I got a seat in row three. Not bad – not bad at all.
Gradually, as the room filled up, I noticed that distinct groups started to form around the room.
I was surrounded by online journalists. The print journalists sat on the right of the TV screen, and the broadcasters sat at the back. As far as I know, none of this was planned – it just happened naturally, like the yearly migration of different types of sea creature who know exactly where they have to go.
With our seats sorted out, attention turned towards the snack room. It was all free and every journalist ate at least three of these meanly-sliced lemon tarts.
There was also a small bird's nest, carpeted in astroturf, full of napkins.
In an outrageous snub to the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, there was no Irn Bru on offer.
The SNP assured me there was Irn Bru in the back rooms.
All the journalists were fed to keep them quiet, and some "pre-spinning" began.
Huddles of press staff from each party, and a few politicians, stood at the back of the room waiting for journalists to ask them if they felt confident of victory tonight. Unsurprisingly, all of the party staff were.
Everyone said something along the lines of: "We're looking forward to it, it's a really great opportunity for us to speak to real people out there. Our leader's not nervous at all, he/she will be brilliant."