The famously unflappable Newsnight anchor Kirsty Wark surprised the programme’s hardcore news audience by launching into an unannounced – but well choreographed – rendition of Michael Jackson’s famous Thriller dance at the close of Thursday evening’s Hallowe’en show.
Wark, who shot to prominence in the 1980s with her one to one interview with Margaret Thatcher, played the gag absolutely straight.
She hinted via Twitter that something special was planned for the programme, but viewers were taken by surprise at the sudden commencement of the mass Thriller dance.
Planning something special for Halloween? @BBCNewsnight we are... at the end.
— Kirsty Wark (@KirstyWark) October 31, 2013
Reaction on social media has, thus far, been universally positive.
— Emma Samms (@EmmaSamms1) October 31, 2013
— Michael Mooney (@Michael_Mooney) November 1, 2013
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) November 1, 2013
— Thomas Fessy (@bbcfessy) November 1, 2013
— sebastian michael (@sebmichael) November 1, 2013