During a highly-charged debate over Brexit in Darlington, ardent Remainer Christian - dubbed the “most hated man on television” following his stint as host of the infamous 90′s show The Word - repeatedly spoke over Dimbleby and fellow guest Richard Tice, earning heckles of “shut up” from the audience.
But it was the panel’s chair who finally ended Christian’s tirade over the potential drawbacks of leaving the EU.
“Okay, let’s stop, stop, stop, stop, stop please,” Dimbleby demanded.
“It’s getting boring, you’re getting boring,” he continued, chanting “boring, boring”.
“If we’re going to have arguments conducted like this, I can see why people get bored of the argument.”
But despite a smackdown from Dimbleby - which earned raucous applause from the live audience - Christian attempted one final dig at Tice, adding: “He needs to give his head a wobble”.
Viewers dubbed the exchange “comedy gold”, while others called Christian’s behaviour “embarrassing”.
#bbcqt Dimbleby finding it difficult to control panel as they shout over each other... about time BBCQT had intelligent commentators on the panel as opposed to bruisers... so boring!— Harvard Davis (@Talentmentor) February 8, 2018
Comedy gold though.....— Jon Husband (@jonnyhusband1) February 8, 2018
"Boring, Boring Terry"
Dimbleby was close to a duel there.
Christian and Tice were joined on the panel by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, Tory MP Claire Perry and Times columnist Rachel Sylvester.