Michael Gove comically reacts after being trapped in BBC lift

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On BBC Radio 5 Live today, Naga Munchetty revealed that she had once been rescued by the fire brigade after she got trapped in a school. The presenter, 46, was discussing stories of people “getting stuck” in the wake of the news that cabinet minister Michael Gove missed an television interview this morning after getting stuck in a BBC lift.

Cheerfully recalling her own experience of “getting stuck”, Naga detailed her “exciting” experience of being rescued by the fire brigade.

“I once was rescued by the fire brigade, “ she began. “It was a rather fantastic experience.

“I was very young; I was about 19. I was stuck in a school that I should have left by a certain time and didn’t, so I got stuck.

“Then I had to be rescued out the window and down the ladder. It was all very exciting.”

Naga’s memory of getting stuck in a school building follows on from the story this morning that Michael became trapped in a lift for half an hour in the BBC building.

Naga chatted to the Managing Director of the Lift and Escalator Industry Association LEIA, Nick Mellor, to find out some helpful information on what to do in such a situation.

The expert’s most important advice to listeners was that they should not attempt to rescue themselves, as the result of such attempts could prove fatal.

The Managing Director instead told Naga that people in that situation should “wait for a trained lift engineer to come and release you.”

This morning, MP Michael missed his BBC interview slot after becoming stuck in a lift at New Broadcasting House.

The minister had been scheduled to feature on the Today programme at 8:10am, but did not appear as expected.

At that point, the programme’s presenter Nick Robinson had to explain the somewhat comical situation to viewers.

He said: “We were hoping to talk to Michael Gove. You might have been hoping to hear from Michael Gove at this time.

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“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.

“It is not very funny for Mr Gove and a security men who have been stuck there for some time.”

Nevertheless, he went on to report that Michael was “keeping cheerful”, even offering to speak to them over the phone from the elevator.


The presenter went on to joke that W1A, a series which parodies office life at the BBC, was clearly “not a satirical programme”.

Luckily, Michael became free after half an hour and was able to appear on the programme at approximately 8:30am, with a sheepish Nick offering him the BBC’s apologies.

Michael replied: “After more than half an hour in the lift you successfully ‘levelled me up’, so I’m delighted to be here.

“I completely understand, these sorts of things happen. If you and I together given ammunition for Armando Ianuuchi for the next episode of W1A, then fine.”

Upon hearing that the hashtag #freemichaelgove had started up on social media, he joked: “I suspect there are probably rather more people who are hoping I’ll be incarcerated for longer, but still.”

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