Viewers praised BBC continuity announcer Scott Newmarch last night for his emotional speech about the new lockdown restrictions ahead of the Strictly Come Dancing final.
In a last-minute edit to his speech, Duncan, who does the voiceover between BBC programmes, reached out to the nation in the most heartwarming way.
Just before the Strictly final began, addressing the new lockdown and tier systems Boris Johnson had put in place ahead of Christmas, he said: ‘Now with repetition flashing images in a year that has kept us apart.
‘Whether you’re watching in Tyne and Wear, Devon, Berkshire or Lincolnshire. We are all watching BBC One together.’
Duncan left many viewers feeling emotional, while others praised him for uniting the nation, in a time when we need it most.
One viewer tweeted: ‘It made me cry a little bit, because it was unexpected but perfectly put. Thank you.’
Another said: ‘We love hearing you and it’s is nice that you are allowed now to bring a little of your personality to it. It’s welcomed and thank you. TV had been a lifeline to many this year and I for one am so grateful to you all.’
While one added: ‘That was great wording Duncan. When I heard it originally I thought that was a lovely way to unite the nation despite everything that’s happening. And what a final it was!’
‘Think the audiences really needed to hear something like this tonight – lovely touch,’ another tweeted.
Taking to Twitter after being inundated with kind messages Duncan penned: ‘Thank you for the kind comments about my line into the @bbcstrictly final.
‘After this afternoon’s news, I had to rewrite a handful of scripts as they didn’t seem appropriate. Why live announcers can make a difference.’
On Saturday, the Prime Minister announced a new tier-four system for London and the South East of England.
The announcement comes after concerns over a new mutant strain of coronavirus which is prevalent in the South East and is spreading 70% faster than other forms of the virus, although it is no less lethal.
At a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said tier four restrictions in London and the South East will be similar to restrictions during the last national lockdown and came into force from midnight last night.
In a last-minute change, he also declared the five days bubbles will be thrown out and that people in tiers one, two and three would only be allowed to mix households on Christmas Day itself – freezing out London and most of the South East.
Strictly Come Dancing is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.