I feel the chances of this going to plan will be very slim. In the best case scenario, Boris will need to get on at 6:30pm exactly, talk for 15 or so minutes allowing enough time for the BBC to recap and wrap up at 7:05pm to have any chance of getting to Strictly on time.
Considering that it was clear at pretty much exactly 5pm that the government announcement (A) was being delayed at all and (B) was specifically being delayed until 6:30pm (as opposed to just for a few minutes etc), they could've done something like move Celebrity Mastermind to 5:30pm rather than dragging out the News Special right up until the formal network bulletin at 6pm.
90 minutes of hot air about what may or may not be in the impending government announcement, immediately followed by a standard news bulletin, on Saturday teatime BBC One! 🙄
Last edited by Cold Open on 31 October 2020 6:08pm