One Show faces new social distance dilemma when Alex Jones cuts her finger

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Social distancing continues to present some unfortunate problems for The One Show.

Perhaps no other live show on UK telly has been impacted quite like the BBC One chatshow, which first came under fire for not observing distancing guidelines in the early days of the crisis.

The One Show course-corrected by moving Alex Jones and her co-hosts two metres apart from one another, and then shifting their in-studio guests nearly off-stage entirely.

While the Beeb is now complying the social distancing guidelines, there are practical problems the new format probably didn't account for — as viewers saw for themselves during Wednesday's (May 20) episode.

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Alex Jones and her guest presenter Alex Scott were in the middle of running down the lineup for the night, when Jones had an unfortunate accident.

"I'm so sorry. I've just given myself a paper cut, and I've got blood everywhere," she revealed while laughing, before assuring viewers: "I'm actually fine. It's just a paper cut, but I've not got a tissue."

This is where social distancing caused some problems because Watchdog correspondent Matt Allwright explained that him and Alex Scott would have to break the guidelines to hand Alex Jones a tissue.

"We can't help you," he helplessly admitted.

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Alex eventually found a tissue on the table behind her sofa, and was able to assure her co-workers: "Don't worry, it's fine."

Phew! Social distancing has wreaked all sorts of other havoc on The One Show too, including botching a planned Strictly Come Dancing charity announcement last month with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman because of technical problems with their video feeds.

But, it's better safe than sorry. The One Show is definitely doing the right thing with its social distancing format changes.

The One Show airs Mondays through Fridays at 7pm on BBC One.

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