DIMBLEBOT helps Question Time special draw 3.5m viewers

“Bio-Dimbleby” acknowledges his robotic Twitter alter ego during riots debate

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Three and a half million viewers tuned in to a Question Time special last night, according to overnight figures – and in the midst of a serious debate about recent rioting in English cities, there was a landmark moment.

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Finally, @DIMBLEBOT – the popular spoof Twitter account that reimagines Question Time host David Dimbleby as a ruthless, mechanised debate enforcer – was namechecked on air.

“You know you’re called Dimblebot [on Twitter], don’t you?” asked panellist John Prescott, who had been sponsored by his Twitter followers to mention Dimblebot during the programme.

“I do know I’m called Dimblebot,” said Dimbleby – or “Bio-Dimbleby”, as he is now known. “And I know there’s a Dimble-dance, and I can do it, too.”

Bio-Dimbleby did, however, refuse to dance there and then, despite calls to do so from the London audience.

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The 3.5m audience figure is Question Time’s second biggest of 2011 so far.http://www.youtube.com/v/D0yaB9CfbAE