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BBC issue apology after viewer confuses Have I Got News for You with Question Time

Fiona Bruce - BBC Question Time
Photo credit: BBC - Question Time

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 remoaners.

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.” 

“Don’t be a coward, buy her a bunch of flowers and apologise,” Hunt tells Johnson

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt has urged his Conservative Party leadership rival Boris Johnson to "man up" and buy Carrie Symonds a bunch of flowers. 

Police were called to the south London flat Mr Johnson shares with his partner Carrie Symonds on Saturday night after a neighbour heard a loud argument and the couple "slamming and banging" - not a euphemism.

The concerned neighbour, who recorded the row in full, called the Metropolitan Police when it became clear that a police presence would make for a better story in The Guardian.

Following the dispute, Mr Johnson, who is currently the favourite to win the Tory leadership contest, is believed to have spent the weekend hiding from both the press and Ms Symonds on his good friend David Cameron's sofa. 

With Johnson's personal failings threatening to overshadow his professional failings ahead of Tuesday's Sky News leadership debate, rival, Jeremy Hunt accused him of being a coward and urged him to make up with Symonds. 

"Boris has gone on record as a supporter of a no-deal Brexit," Mr Hunt told reporters. 

"And if we look at his current situation I think we can all draw parallels with leaving the EU in a huff without even stopping to pack a spare pair of underpants.

"My advice to Boris would be to stop being a coward, find the nearest 24-hour garage, buy some flowers and a couple of those big purple Quality Streets and start begging to be allowed back in."

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk later weighed in on the matter issuing a statement in which he expresses his preference for the green triangular type of giant Quality Street and ornamental daisies.