A chef has been praised for his subtle dig towards Boris Johnson during a BBC News interview on new coronavirus restrictions in the North East of England.
Max Gott, head of the Bistro Forty Six, remained professional about the prime minister while appearing on the rolling news channel – but viewers realised he had still let his views be known a different way.
Appearing in front of a blackboard that listed the day’s food offering, there was also a poster entitled “British Tits” which contained images of blue tits and long-tailed tits.
But eagle-eyed observers also spotted Johnson’s face and the caption “colossal”.
As producers cottoned on presenter Simon McCoy could be seen leaning forward to block the sign.
The interview attracted the attention of not only viewers nationally, but internationally as well as it also aired on BBC World.
One viewer explained: “Absolute chap on BBC News Channel sneaking his ‘British Tits’ poster into frame edited to include Boris Johnson; Presenter doing his best to lean forward and block (Producer screaming in ear?); interviewee shifting the camera in retaliation; producer cuts to VT”.
— Stephen Cox (@stephen_cox_B62) September 29, 2020
Mark Pepper tweeted Boris Johnson with a screengrab, telling him: “Check out the British Tits poster. Live interview on your very own BBC. Well worth the licence fee. Give that man a knighthood.”
“This is what happens when you upset a northern chef,” wrote another.