BBC resorts to placing clocks on sofa after on-screen clock mishap

Dan’s clocky horror show! BBC Breakfast resorts to placing analogue and digital clocks on the sofa after the on-screen version goes missing

  • The clock that appears on screen during BBC Breakfast was missing yesterday
  • Hosts resorted to placing analogue and digital clocks on the soda between them
  • Eventually the BBC superimposed an analogue clock onto the screen for viewers 

BBC Breakfast viewers may have missed their trains yesterday morning after the show’s usual on-screen clock went missing.

The show resorted to placing analogue and digital clocks on the sofa between hosts Dan Walker and Louise Minchin.

One viewer, Rob, wrote in asking: ‘Is the BBC Breakfast ‘clockgate’ a valid reason for being late for work?’

BBC Breakfast viewers may have missed their trains yesterday morning after the show’s on-screen clock went missing. Pictured: Dan Walker checks his watch after the clock broke down

A smiling Minchin thought the excuse wouldn’t work: ‘Rob . . . we’ve had these very efficient clocks here now for at least half an hour.’ 

Minchin joked: ‘We’re still fiddling with the clocks here. It’s taken us nearly two hours.

‘We’ve gone kind of old-style and new-style and you can have the vote at home which one would you like us to keep for the rest of the programme until we actually fix the clock.’

Walker added: ‘It’s just a case of what you like really. But I think the BBC Breakfast official clock is dead for today.’

Pictured: BBC Breakfast showing two clocks on the studio sofa between hosts Dan Walker and Louise Minchin and one superimposed on screen after the on-screen clock broke down

Things took a bizarre turn after the analogue clock was digitally enlarged and superimposed over Minchin’s legs, with Walker realising that if he waved in front of the real clock, his hand would appear on the other side of the screen in front of the digital one.

He said: ‘Our director Gareth is very proud of this, he’s managed to superimpose the analogue clock on Louise’s knees.’

As he waved his hand around and saw it over Minchin’s knees, he said: ‘Oh this is weird. Sorry, the fact we have lost our clock has sent us all a bit doolally.’

Minchin replied; ‘All of us?’

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