Fiona Bruce: BBC Antiques Roadshow host on overreaction to Coronavirus 'Hang on a minute!'

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Fiona Bruce, 56, compared the recent “period of privation” during the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown with the generation who “sent their children away” during the Blitz. The BBC presenter stated that the hardship during the last few months is greatly different from those who would have to split up their families with “just 24 hours’ notice” when Britain was at war.

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Fiona said: “When the [coronavirus] pandemic first struck, everyone was saying we had never undergone a period of privation and a change to our lives like this.

 “And I thought, hang on a minute, there was a generation that sent away their children! As a mum, I can’t imagine doing that, the sacrifice.

“To pack your children off with 24 hours’ notice and just a little suitcase,” She added to Radio Times magazine.

The comments come after the star had taken flight in a Spitfire as part of a special Antiques Roadshow marking 80 years since the Battle of Britain and the Blitz.

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Fiona Bruce: BBC Antiques Roadshow host on overreaction to Coronavirus 'Hang on a minute!'

Fiona Bruce opened up on the reported “priviation” of the recent coronavirus pandemic (Image: WENN)

Fiona Bruce: BBC Antiques Roadshow host on overreaction to Coronavirus 'Hang on a minute!'

The BBC presenter stated that the hardship during the last few months is greatly different from those who would have to split up their families with “just 24 hours’ notice” (Image: WENN)

Most of the scenes were filmed at the air-base of Biggin Hill in Kent.

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Although Fiona felt fine performing air stunts, however when the pilot put the plane into a dive, she felt quite nervous.

She explained the maneuver: “My God, my stomach flipped over.

“I wasn’t expected to be moved by it, but I was,” said the 56-year-old presenter.

Fiona Bruce: BBC Antiques Roadshow host on overreaction to Coronavirus 'Hang on a minute!'

The special programme also showed items brought by family members of the ground crew, navigators, firefighters and Women’s Auxiliary Air Force personnel (Image: WENN)

Fiona Bruce: BBC Antiques Roadshow host on overreaction to Coronavirus 'Hang on a minute!'

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“We were flying over the Weald of Kent, most of it not looking very different to the way it did during the Battle of Britain.

It made me think of the young men who flew in those planes, never knowing if they would come back – the attrition rate was so high.”

The special programme also showed items brought by family members of the ground crew, navigators, firefighters and Women’s Auxiliary Air Force personnel.

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It focused purely on the story behind the items, unlike previous Roadshow episodes where there are valuations performed.

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The episode was filmed before the pandemic hit, however the format focused on small groups discussing a single object with an expert, and is now how the show will proceed going forward under covid restrictions.

Fiona has recently spoken out after being named the BBC’s second highest-paid female after Zoe Ball, as she takes home £450,000 a year.

However, the highest-paid man is Gary Lineker who previously earned £1.7 million a year, but has since agreed to a £400,000 pay cut.

When asked by the Evening Standard if BBC staff are being paid too much, Fiona responded: “I will leave that to others to answer.

“It is unacceptable for there not to be equal pay,” she explained.

 “The BBC has made great strides forward in that territory, especially in the last three years — there is now a representation of women that there wasn’t three or five years ago but it still has a way to go.”

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The presenter has continued to push through barriers, beginning in 2003 when she became the first female presenter of the News at 10.

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Source:Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed


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