05/11/2012 17:57 GMT

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

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.