The One Show hosts do more more drastic social distancing by sitting across the room

Justin Harp
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The One Show is suddenly the epicentre of social distancing in the UK.

The BBC's flagship evening chatshow has been the model for how talkshows are having to change their formats to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic — sometimes multiple times within an episode.

Wednesday's episode (March 25) was an interesting set-up when it opened with co-presenters Alex Jones and Patrick Kielty essentially sitting across the room from one another.

"Patrick Kielty is back with me tonight, staying a safe distance," Alex Jones told viewers away, with Patrick adding: "We've measured this out. We've measured it twice. This is what we have to do now. It's more than two metres."

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"We are adhering to all restrictions for a safe distance apart," Alex added.

Patrick then joked that he'd come with his own test — he hadn't washed since he was previously hosting on Monday, so if Alex could smell him, he was too close.

"No, you're alright, I can't," she answered.

When it came time for guest Fleur East to come on for her interview and rap performance, she had to be seated off stage completely in order to adhere to the latest social distancing guidelines.

The trouble for The One Show started last week when Alex and Patrick visibly moved apart on camera after viewers complained that they were setting a bad example by sitting close together.

Then, on Tuesday (March 24), Alex announced on air that all non-essential had been sent home — leaving only herself, a cameraperson and guest Adrian Chiles in studio. Her co-presenter Matt Baker is currently at home in self-isolation for the rest of the week.

The One Show continues Mondays through Fridays at 7pm on BBC One.

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