The BBC has apologised to a viewer who confused flagship satirical news panel show, Have I Got News For You, with flagship political shouty programme Question Time.
The incident occurred on Friday night when Mark Fistlove, 56, of Muswell Hill switched on his television hoping to see Fiona Bruce being shouted at by a hundred and fifty or so angry audience members.
Despite the clear image of both HIGNFY regular team captains, Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, alongside celebrity host Frank Skinner and guest comedians Nish Kumar and David Baddiel on his 60” QLED tv, Mr Fistlove remained convinced that it was Thursday and he was watching Question Time.
Refusing to check the TV guide, a calendar or even the last remnants of his ability to reason, an incensed Mr Fistlove took to Twitter to complain about the appalling quality of political coverage from the BBC.
“Typical communist propaganda from biased BBC Question Time tonight!!! Bunch of lefty ‘so-called’ comedians and they aren’t even allowing questions from the audience anymore #bbcqt.” he tweeted.
Disappointed that the inclusion of the #bbcqt hashtag didn’t result in the usual flurry of supportive tweets, Mr Fistlove upped the ante, tweeting:
“@BBCQuestionTime Your show on Friday night was a f*ucking disgrace where’s your so-called balance. Five sh*t comedians and no Brexit Party. #BBCQT #LICENCEFEETAX #FREEJIMDAVISON #MMRMAKESYOUTHICK #WWFRULES.”
The BBC say they are keeping details of their formal apology to Mr Fistlove confidential but confirmed that one had been issued, a spokesman telling us:
“Punters confusing satire for news is increasingly problematic.
“We try our best to signpost comedy shows with continuity announcements, a snappy theme tune and appearances for Boris Johnson, but people just don’t seem to pick up on the clues anymore.
“For instance, I expect there will be people that mistake this article for news and others who will comment on it on Facebook without reading it or checking the source; it’s just the way of the world I suppose.
“Fundamentally though, given the bullshit that gets reported in the tabloids, I doubt it makes that much difference what people believe anymore.”