Dr Clare Wenham from the London School of Economics (LSE) was being interviewed about the Covid-19 pandemic at home when her daughter Scarlett appeared – talking loudly and even climbing atop the expert’s desk.
“Mummy, where do you want this picture?” Scarlett went on to ask her mother, brandishing a frame that appeared to depict a unicorn which she had picked up from a shelf behind Dr Wenham.
In response, presenter Christian Fraser commented: “Scarlett, I think it looks better on the lower shelf… and it’s a lovely unicorn.”
Overhearing the newsreader Scarlett then asked: “Mummy, what’s his name?”
“My name is Christian,” replied Fraser.
Scarlett responded: “Christian, I’m just deciding where it can go and where mummy wants it to go.”
“I think just on that shelf is great, thank you,” said Dr Wenham – before turning back to the camera and adding “I’m so sorry”.
Fraser was good-humoured about the exchange, describing it as “the most informative interview I’ve done all day”.
Dr Wenham is an assistant professor in global health policy at LSE and had been on the programme to discuss local Covid-19 lockdowns in the UK and the way testing information has been shared with local authorities.