Michael Gove was stuck in a lift at the BBC headquarters for more than half an hour on Monday morning as the incident was likened to a scene from W1A.
The Housing Secretary found himself trapped while on the way to give an interview for the Today programme, prompting comparisons to the Corporation’s self-satirical comedy.
Mr Gove found himself delayed by more than 30 minutes on the way to the studio as part of a broadcast round in which he set out his plans to deal with the cladding crisis.
“We were hoping to talk to Michael Gove, you might have been hoping to hear from Michael Gove at this time,” presenter Nick Robinson told listeners.
“He’d very kindly come into the building so we didn’t have to deal with one of those awkward line failures – Mr Gove is stuck in the Broadcasting House lift.
“I wish I could say this is a joke, it is not a joke and it’s not very funny for Mr Gove and his security men [who] have been stuck there for some time. But he’s keeping cheerful, and even offered at one point to talk to us on the phone.
“But I think we will try to get Mr Gove released from the Broadcasting House lift and we hope to hear from him at some point in the programme.”
After more than half an hour in the lift, Mr Gove was successfully released and able to conduct his Today programme interview.
“You successfully levelled me up, so I’m delighted to be here,” Mr Gove quipped. “I completely understand, these sorts of things happen, and if you and I have together given ammunition for Armando Iannucci for the next episode of W1A, then fine.”
Mr Robinson noted that the #FreeMichaelGove hashtag had started to trend on Twitter, to which Mr Gove responded: “That’s very kind, I suspect there were probably more people who’d hoped I’d be incarcerated for a rather long time.”