"This is a lockdown, right?" BBC broadcasts classic sitcom scenes to encourage people to stay home

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by Charlie Spargo

In order to encourage as many people as possible to remain indoors during the coronavirus crisis, the BBC is drawing on its back catalogue of sitcoms including The Thick Of It and The Mighty Boosh for isolation-themed clips.

Scenes from Miranda and I'm Alan Partridge will also be used, each one finishing with the message: “Seriously, stay at home. Please help stop the spread.”

The scene from The Thick Of It sees Peter Capaldi's Malcolm Tucker enforcing a lockdown, making the office an isolation unit, even down to using the phones. In I'm Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan's eponymous star is planning to watch James Bond films on his own all day, while in Miranda, the titular character is explaining how she's made living alone fun, and is seen conducting an "orchestra" of kitchen utensils.

The other clip used is the 'Isolation Song' from The Mighty Boosh, Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding's oddball comedy series.

Lord Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, said: “Acting on heath advice will save lives. Using our stars is a good way of getting the message out far and wide. Even if it makes just a small difference, it will be worth it.”