I get asked to do some strange things at election time. Back in 2001 I had to "play" the then ITN political editor John Sergeant at their election night programme rehearsals, because he refused to take part. It was great fun sitting alongside Jonathan Dimbleby pontificating about various seats. On the night itself, I was quite jealous when I saw him sitting in "my" chair!
Today I had a similar experience. Radio 4's World at One asked me to play David Cameron in a rehearsal for their Election Call programmes which start next week with the party leaders. I wasn't supposed to say anything about it, but seeing as Martha Kearney has let the cat out of the bag by tweeting it, why not?! It was done "as live", straight after the World at One today, and I had to answer questions on a huge variety of issues. I actually felt quite comfortable doing it - even when I had to pretend to hold views I don't.
It was actually quite spooky having Martha call me David, and grilling me as if I were him. But the rehearsal was not done because of content, it was really to allow them to test the technology and it all seemed to work very well. I don't think Radio 4 are used to doing anything so common as a phone in! Watch out Stephen Nolan, they'll be stealing your listeners!
The Radio 4 Election Calls start on Tuesday with the leaders of the SNP and Plaid Cymru.