IT is a Bank Holiday on Monday so there is no excuse not to stay up half the night to see and hear the European election results pour in.

What do you mean, you’d rather sleep? ITV seems to have decided the same thing, leaving the field clear to the BBC. At 10pm on Sunday, the minute the polls close, ITV will have its nightly news bulletin then it is straight on to Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport followed by a Vince Vaughn comedy, Couples Retreat.

On the BBC, however, it is going to be a busy night for anchor Huw Edwards, who will be joined by Prof Sir John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde, political editor Laura Kuenssberg and Europe editor Katya Adler.

On radio the main choices are Stephen Nolan on 5 Live, and on BBC Radio 4, it will be Chris Mason and Adam Fleming of Brexitcast fame.

In Scotland, the new BBC Scotland channel welcomes its first election night results show. Hosted by Nine anchors Rebecca Curran and Martin Geissler, it will run from 10pm to midnight.

Be it two hours or eight hours, there is going to be a lot of time to fill with not very much going on initially. The whole of the UK will be electing 73 MEPs – six in Scotland – compared to 650 MPs at the last General Election.

At least the results here will be known, the polls having closed in the UK last Thursday. Citizens in other EU countries will carry on voting up till 10pm tomorrow, hence the wait for results.

It would not be a BBC election special without a headline-grabbing Curtice exit poll, so expect that and lots of analysis about how the results might translate to a General Election. The other major focus of the night will be the rise or fall in support for populist parties across Europe. In London and in charge of the giant screen will be Reeta Chakrabarti, comfortably taking over from Jeremy Vine and Peter Snow as arm-waver in chief.

If that still isn’t enough, there will be the usual through the night coverage on Sky News. See you on the other side.