An inquisitive child has delighted viewers after she interrupted a live BBC News interview and even struck up a conversation with the newsreader.
Dr. Clare Wenham from the London School of Economics (LSE) was being interviewed about the pandemic at home when her daughter Scarlett appeared – talking loudly and even climbing atop the expert's desk.
“Mummy what's his name?” Dr Clare Wenham, we understand your struggles of working from home and looking after chil… https://t.co/aYUw2COZ4I— BBC News (UK) (@BBC News (UK))1593618924.0
“Mummy, where do you want this picture?" Scarlett went on to ask her mother, brandishing a frame that appeared to depict a unicorn which she had picked up from a shelf behind Dr. Wenham.
In response, presenter Christian Fraser commented:
“Scarlett, I think it looks better on the lower shelf… and it's a lovely unicorn."
Overhearing the newsreader Scarlett then asked:
“Mummy, what's his name?"
“My name is Christian," replied Mr. Fraser.
“Christian, I'm just deciding where it can go and where mummy wants it to go."
“I think just on that shelf is great, thank you," said Dr. Wenham – before turning back to the camera and adding “I'm so sorry."
Mr. Fraser was good-humored about the exchange, describing it as “the most informative interview I've done all day."
The internet seemed to be entertained and impressed as well.
@BBCNews I think every parent has experienced this in some way during #lockdown on a #videocall - just not on #liveTV! Fantastic 😂— Amit Champaneri (@Amit Champaneri)1593619110.0
@BBCNews Well done Christian in not trying to ignore the child or the mother's difficulty!!! Brilliant stuff. I'd… https://t.co/BHnF3vkufI— loumathews (@loumathews)1593627089.0
@BBCNews Made me laugh. Well done both of you.— Fionna O'Leary, 🕯 (@Fionna O'Leary, 🕯)1593628291.0
@BBCNews Good on the news reader to act normal and engage with the child....well done BBC!— Streety🇬🇧 (@Streety🇬🇧)1593619461.0
@BBCNews Wonderful to see the realities of homeworking for parents. And thank you to the presenter for making it OK… https://t.co/8Kkpor292y— Heather de Gruyther (@Heather de Gruyther)1593622196.0
Looks like BBC Dad has a new rival.
@BBCNews We all have learned from this experience... the BBC Dad @Robert_E_Kelly https://t.co/UqzSNadIsx It seems… https://t.co/7E2lAnSU2N— EDGAR APONTE R (@EDGAR APONTE R)1593620188.0
Just another day in the life of parent in lockdown.
@BBCNews @BBCWorld This is how real life looks like 😂👏🏽— Little Pink Hair Lady (@Little Pink Hair Lady)1593619895.0
Dr. Wenham is an assistant professor in global health policy at LSE and had been on the program to discuss local lockdowns in the UK and the way testing information has been shared with local authorities.