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15 Times The BBC Was Very, Very BBC

To celebrate W1A returning, here are some times when reality at the BBC was weirder than the show itself.

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1. When BBC One had just lost the rights to Bake Off only DAYS after redecorating its canteen.

We literally JUST redecorated the canteen at the BBC 😒 #GBBO

2. When a skateboarding dog crashed into the front door of BBC New Broadcasting House.

A skateboarding pug just crashed into the front doors @BBC 🐶😂

In case you didn't watch the video, you really should.

3. When BBC News reported the salaries at BBC News and had a correspondent talking about BBC News outside BBC News.

In case you were wondering about distance.

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4. Every time you see the BBC report on itself and then you see this comment directly afterwards.

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5. And when BBC News ran this caption when Donald Trump mentioned BBC News.

BBC News / Via Twitter: @scottygb

6. When someone stole a cheesecake in the BBC newsroom and someone else had a complete meltdown.

Then someone replaced the cheesecake anonymously.

Happy ending? Update on the newsroom cheesecake mystery

Only for that cheesecake to then be stolen.

A new twist in the BBC's #cheescakegate. The replacement for the stolen cheesecake has itself been stolen.

7. When filming for W1A was taking place at the BBC and they changed the floor numbers like this.

W1A filming returns to the BBC's Broadcasting House in the most unintentionally W1A way possible

8. When BBC Three unveiled a new logo that looked remarkably similar to the logo that W1A's Siobhan Sharpe designed when she decided to make the BBC logo look "app-y."

John Morton, the writer of W1A, then told BuzzFeed: "Honestly it's not my fault. I always say you couldn't make it up but it turns out apparently you can after all."
BBC Three / BBC Studios

John Morton, the writer of W1A, then told BuzzFeed: "Honestly it's not my fault. I always say you couldn't make it up but it turns out apparently you can after all."

9. When the BBC got so many complaints about the casting of Jodie Whittaker (a woman) as The Doctor that the BBC complaints department responded with: "The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey..."

10. When the BBC possibly "nicked" some umbrellas.

"People could contact the BBC and it would try to return the umbrellas."
The Times

"People could contact the BBC and it would try to return the umbrellas."

11. When the BBC was using a shopping trolley for its BBC Olympics coverage in Brazil, containing a water cooler, two umbrellas, and a snack holder.

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12. When a BBC News employee was watching a scene from a show in the background during a news bulletin...

BBC News

...and Anna Paquin from True Blood was convinced that it was her breasts.

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13. When the BBC's resident film critic Mark Kermode realised that BBC One had made an unusual mistake.

14. When the BBC removed the clock from its website because it was based on your own computer's clock, so it might have have been inaccurate.

Britain was rocked by this scandal for several days, I remember.
bbc.co.uk

Britain was rocked by this scandal for several days, I remember.

15. And finally, the weird day I wasn't allowed to bring my Brompton folding bike for a screening of W1A at the BBC, a show that includes a running joke about people bringing Bromptons to the BBC.

Oh god. BBC security is not allowing me to bring my Brompton into the BBC for a W1A screening. A W1A SCREENING.

“Can you lock it up?” “No.” “Are you a BBC member of staff.” “No.” “Afraid you can’t bring it in.”

I am now taking my Brompton back to my work to store, which means I will miss the start of the episode. I love the… https://t.co/dZFWOLmBwK

God bless you, BBC. Long may you continue.

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