Yesterday was the busiest day of the year for the Royal Mail which was expecting to deal with 130 million Christmas cards and parcels as well as the usual slurry of business mail, household bills and junk mail.
Naturally, the BBC covered this staple seasonal news item by sending a reporter to broadcast live from the Mount Pleasant sorting office in London for the breakfast show in Five Live.
He was with two postal workers in the flat sorting area where all the incorrect or incompletely addressed items end up. The main public service message was: don’t forget to include the postcode.
To lighten the item, the reporter sprung a game of ‘guess the postcode’ on his two experts. He should have known that this is where live broadcasting can go awry.
I’ve recorded the clip and include it below. Even I could get the second one right, but the third one really shouldn’t have stumped the supposed experts.
And Nicky Campbell comes up with a rather neat idea for a new game show at the end of the item.