Louise Minchin on BBC Breakfast co-star Charlie Stayt’s mishap: ‘Knew something was up’

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BBC Breakfast celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and over the years the program has seen many presenters at the helm, now fronted by Louise Minchin and Dan Walker with Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty hosting at the end of the week. Getting up at unsociable hours and making their way into the Manchester studios at 5am to prepare for the day’s news has become routine for many of the team, and they have become acutely aware of each others morning habits, especially Louise.

I know if Dan’s not here by 5.03am and 30 seconds, something is up. And the same with Charlie as well

Louise Minchin

Having presented the show for nearly 20-years, the 52-year-old has sussed her colleagues out, able to identify if something’s wrong when they’re not at the studio by a certain time.

In a recent interview to celebrate the BBC program’s anniversary, Louise and Dan discussed their morning routines and getting up at ungodly hours.

“Having done this for 19 years, I think: ‘You’d think I’d get used to these hours,'” Louise said.

“I still find them really hard, but obviously I do get on with these hours because how could I possibly have done it for so long.”

She explained she has a very set routine to ensure she meets those early starts.

“You do have a very set routine so I know if Dan’s not here by 5.03am and 30 seconds, something is up. And the same with Charlie as well,” she said.

And it’s a good job her radar is working as the telly favourite admitted there was one time Charlie overslept.

“I came in the other day, and I was like, ‘Where’s Charlie?’ They were like, ‘He’s on his way.’

“I was like, ‘Nah, he should be here. We’ve got to call him.’”

She added: “He was asleep.”

Whereas Lousie revealed she gets up anywhere between 3:45am and 4am, Dan is more of an early bird. A super early bird.

“I’ve still got the same four alarms,” he chimed in during their chat with The Mirror.

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“My first one goes off at 3.11, then 3.14, 3.18 and 3.21. I’ve never got to the third one.

“One thing has changed. I do realise Louise gets more sleep than me because once I woke her up,” he giggled.

“It was about a year ago, and I hadn’t got the briefs through to say who was on the programme.

“I texted Louise about half three and said, ‘Have you got the stuff? Can you send it through to me?’

“She sent back, ‘I was still asleep.'”

He admitted the only time he has ever missed his wake-up calls was when he stayed in a hotel in the city the evening before, instead of doing his usual commute from Sheffield.

“Louise rang me at 4.45am and said, ‘Are you coming in or what?'” he recalled.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays on BBC One from 6am.

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