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“Storms have battered…those parts…of Britain…”

Here’s a concertinad account of events 20 years ago this very night and the following morning, including Nicholas Witchell pontificating shiftily on “what the prognosis for the rest of the day is”, part of BBC Breakfast Time hailing from what looks like the corner of a canteen with Sally Magnusson, Jeremy Paxman and someone else slumped on cheap chairs behind a glass coffee table, and Michael Buerk giving Ian McCaskill what for.



  1. Steve Williams

    October 17, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Well, this is quite a momentous moment in my life, because, coming from the North, I was ignorant of the hurricane until much later that day and so missed all the Broom Cupboard fun, but ever since I first heard of it – in the interview Witchell did with RT to promote Breakfast News – I had desperately wanted to see it.

    On TV Ark for ages they’ve had a clip of Donald Heighway doing the South West news at 6.59am and handing over to London, but it cut off straight away. I’d assumed that nobody ever recorded it, let alone the BBC, and so it would never appear anywhere.

    Now it’s here, and it’s fantastic. They made a bloody good job of getting those pictures off the wall. I also like the DAYTIME slide they stick up, presumably so people can throw scripts at him and stuff.

    That was worth twenty years’ wait. Now, has anyone got that episode of Wogan they did from the CBBC birthday studio cos of a flood? That’s next on my list of things I must see.

  2. Chris O

    October 18, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Excellent! Notice how Nicholas Witchell couldn’t bear to make eye contact with John Kettley… ever get the feeling that broom cupboards aren’t conducive to retaining ‘personal space’?!?

  3. Sleazy Martinez

    October 19, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Michael Buerk in fabulous Chris Morris mode, there. Poor old Ian McC looks like he’s just stuck his head out of the window to see if it’s still raining.

    We smug Northerners can feel even smugger, as the forecast for my manor (North West) was “cloudy”. Ha!

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