As Alison Hammond once proved, daytime TV and open expanses of water can be a dangerous combination.
But someone clearly didn’t tell John Whaite that.
While John avoided disaster during an earlier segment on the water sport, things went a lot less to plan as host Steph McGovern threw to him in Leeds Dock to trail a cookery item he had coming up after the break.
After trying to stand up on the board, a very wobbly John soon found himself crashing into the water.
Gasps and laughter could be heard back in the studio, as Steph said: “I don’t know if he can swim! Can he swim?! Someone throw a ring at him!”
Following the commercial break, John appeared back in the studio in a dressing gown for his cookery slot.
Speaking about his unexpected dip, he said: “It was very bracing, but I only had three hours sleep last night, so it was a wake up call. I was quite grateful for that. I was falling asleep, no offence.
“I’m very tired, but I feel great now. I’m very moist.”
He continued: “When I was in the water I did actually get quite scared because I thought about a shark. I know there’s no sharks in the canal, but it wouldn’t be the first time a whale had wondered…”
Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.