Television viewers were strangely gripped tonight (Monday) as BBC One appeared to suffer a technical meltdown.
The channel was supposed to air an episode of Panorama at 7.35pm.
But instead of the familiar music, viewers tuning in to the channel were met with a red screen stating: “We are sorry for the break in this programme and are trying to correct the fault.”
The channel’s announcer, who managed to keep his cool despite the growing concern, said “We are having quite a night of it”.
They added: “We are working very hard to get our programmes back on air.”
Viewers shared pictures of the screen on social media, and the stoppage to normal programming lasted for more than 15 minutes.
During the time, both Panorama and Garden Rescue were announced and then failed to play.
Good Morning Britain host and former BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid joked: “2020 has claimed BBC One.”
Thomas Munn, of CheshireLive, tweeted: “Why is the telly so much more interesting when something goes wrong.
“A mouse has nibbled the BBC one cables by the looks of it.”
“Refusing to turn over from BBC One despite their technical issues because the continuity guy scrambling to explain that something is wrong every 20 seconds is entertaining, added another tweeter, Grace.
EastEnders started at 8.15pm, which was 10 minutes late.