Good Morning Britain was just about to go live with its Good Friday edition when a fire broke out, forcing presenters and production staff to evacuate the studio.
London Fire Brigade was called after a blaze started in the post room at ITV Studios in Waterloo just minutes before the breakfast show was set to go on air. If it had started at its usual time of 6am, rather than an hour later for the Bank Holiday, the evacuation would have happened live on TV.
A pre-recorded emergency programme featuring hosts Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid was broadcast in place of the planned live show.
No one was injured in the fire and presenters Kate Garraway and Ranvir Singh even managed to make the most of a bad situation by grabbing a photo opportunity with the firemen of Soho Blue Watch.