US Election 2012: David Dimbleby's Classic Run In With Gore Vidal (VIDEO)

05/11/2012 22:57 GMT

Many British viewers will join political broadcaster David Dimbleby as he presents the BBC's live US election coverage through the night from Washington DC.

A veteran of many a British and American election night, Dimbleby usually gets into at least one or two tricky spots - largely though no fault of his own.

One classic moment during election night 2008 was when he was confronted with an unexpectedly hostile Gore Vidal who told him: "I don't know who you are".

Dimbleby also was forced to defend a fellow BBC reporter from Republican former UN ambassador John Bolton who said he should be "fired".

Well, as long as he doesn't get caught eating a mars bar again.