Iain Stirling reveals he had to rehearse BBC kids TV announcement every year

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Iain Stirling attends the 2024 BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Love Island narrator Iain Stirling has revealed the extensive plans that were in place for him to announce the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II while presenting on CBBC -Credit:Getty Images

Comedian and voice of Love Island, Iain Stirling, has shared a rather unusual aspect of his time at CBBC, detailing the protocol for announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth while on air. The Scottish comedian opened up about this during an appearance on the Some Laugh podcast, hosted by fellow comedians Marc Jennings, Stephen Buchanan, and Stuart McPherson.

In the most recent episode, Iain recounted theprocedures the BBC had in place in the event that the Queen passed away while he was live on the children's channel. His tenure at CBBC spanned from 2009 to 2013, with a brief return in 2015.

Iain disclosed that part of his annual routine included rehearsing the sombre announcement, given that he was presenting live television. He even mentioned that preparations included having a black shirt stashed under his desk to be worn if necessary.

While discussing the topic on the podcast, Iain revealed: "When I was at the BBC, for kids TV, we used to rehearse every year for what would happen if the Queen died, because we were on live TV. So I genuinely had a box under my desk with a black t-shirt in it."

The conversation took a lighter turn when Stuart inquired about the specifics of such a broadcast, asking, "What would happen? You and the dog singing 'God Save The Queen? " To which Iain responded with the details of the rehearsal, including the challenges of involving the puppet dog without causing offence, reports Wales Online.

Iain humorously recalled: "Every time we rehearsed they insisted on having the puppet dog in it, and trying to make that not offensive, which is impossible."

He then imitated the scenario, saying, "So I would go, 'Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth has sadly passed away.' The dog would go: 'Ohh. No! ' And some producer would be like: 'Cut! '".

The host disclosed: "And then they tried doing him not talking. So I go: 'The Queen's passed away,' and he would be sobbing... If the Queen had died when we were hosting kids TV, what would've genuinely happened was, it would've been me and then they made the dog stand in a corner facing the wall."

Iain completed his tenure at CBBC alongside famous characters like Hacker T. Dog from Scoop, Dodge the Dog, 'The Toad of Wisdom', and 'Pig with 'Tasche'. The nation mourned when Queen Elizabeth passed away at her residence, Balmoral Castle, Scotland, on September 8, 2022. She gracefully ruled for a period of 70 years and 214 days, marking the longest reign held by any British or female monarch.