Davina McCall and Matt Baker on The Big Night In

The Big Night In: Viewers accuse Matt Baker and Davina McCall of breaking social distancing rules

Some thought they were standing far too close

BBC viewers were frustrated watching The Big Night In as presenters Matt Baker and Davina McCall appeared to ignore the coronavirus social distancing rules.

The former host of The One Show and the Long Lost Family star were drafted in to co-present the huge charity show last night (Thursday, April 23) alongside funnyman Lenny Henry.

Davina McCall and Matt Baker on The Big Night In
Some The Big Night In viewers thought Matt Baker and Davina McCall broke social distancing rules (Credit: BBC)

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For most of their parts on the programme, Matt and Davina stood on either side of a large TV screen that broadcast video links with the various guests.

Standing too close?

Some viewers at home thought the pair were not standing the recommended two metres from each other.

Advice on the government’s website reads: “If you go out, stay two metres (six feet) away from other people at all times.”

Davina McCall and Matt Baker on The Big Night In
Were they standing too close? (Credit: BBC)

One Big Night In viewer said: “Catching up on #TheBigNightIn and shouting at Davina and Matt to actually socially distance themselves.”

Another wrote: “Why are Matt and Davina not keeping two meters apart? #bbc #TheBigNightIn.”

No way Matt and Davina are 2m apart.

A third quipped: “Phone the police, there’s a mass gathering going on at Wogan House! #TheBigNightIn Matt keeps edging towards Davina.”

Someone else said: “Doesn’t look like there’s two metres between Matt Baker and Davina McCall #TheBigNightIn.”

“There’s no way Matt and Davina are 2m apart on #TheBigNightIn,” insisted a fifth.

Shouting at the telly

“I can’t help but think Matt and Davina are closer than 2m on #TheBigNightIn,” another tweeted.

ED! contacted the BBC for comment.


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Elsewhere on The Big Night In, Prince William impressed viewers with his comedy skills.

The Duke of Cambridge featured in a comedy sketch that saw actor Stephen Fry take on the role of Lord Melchett, grandson of his famous Blackadder character General Melchett.

Elsewhere in the programme, the royal and his family led the way in clapping for Britain’s NHS and care workers.

A clip showed the prince standing outside his home and applauding with wife Kate and their children George, six, Charlotte, four, and Louis, two.

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