BBC to air Would I Lie To You? after Boris Johnson's coronavirus address

It appears the BBC has rejigged tonight’s television schedule at the last minute to accommodate Boris Johnson’s coronavirus address to the nation.

The Prime Minister is set to unveil new measures in a bid to tackle rising coronavirus cases at 8pm, throwing the initial schedule into disarray.

According to reports, the first episode of the new series The Sheriffs Are Coming was originally timetabled for the eight o’clock slot, however, BJ has taken precedent.

The BBC has now selected the comedy panel show Would I Lie To You? to air at 8.30pm, after the five-minute speech and the BBC News special.

Of course, the supposed revamped timetable has been hot topic on social media and many are in bits over its ‘apt’ revision.

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Ex-Sky Sports and Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas enthused: ‘Tremendous bit of scheduling from @BBCOne tonight. Hopefully #WILTY Is live!’

Echoing a similar sentiment, another Twitter user penned: ‘Hats off to the BBC1 scheduler.’

This isn’t the first time the BBC has aired Would I Lie To You? after a Government broadcast.

In May, the corporation aired the comedy show after Dominic Cummings gave a televised statement to address allegations he had broken lockdown rules.

Before Mr Cummings’ broadcast, Paddington 2 was scheduled to air on BBC One, however this was later changed, causing much uproar.

The BBC isn’t the only broadcaster to rejig its listings for tonight.

Channel 4 has delayed the first episode of The Great British Bake Off’s new series by 15 minutes.

Announcing the news on Twitter, the show confirmed: ‘Update to tonight’s schedule… The new series of The Great British Bake Off will begin at 8.15pm on Channel 4 #GBBO.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.

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