‘They’ve let us into sophisticated Cambridge and today is a very special day because Josie and I are going to learn how to become punting chauffeurs. It’s going to be absolutely amazing,’ Alison told the hosts.
Antics: Stepping out wearing a pair of novelty ice-cream shaped sunglasses, the star left the presenters in the studio speechless
Sensing potential disaster, Holly and Phil struggled to compose themselves after Josie made a game attempt at using some easily misinterpreted boating terminology.
‘That is called a quant,’ she said, referring to the long pole traditionally used to propel punt boats across water.
With the hosts busting into laughter an uncertain Alison quickly cut in, adding: ‘So we’re going to learn how to quant – quant. Did you hear me correctly?
‘This is called a quant. That is called a punt. She is called Josie, I’m called Alison and we’re going to have a great day.’
Evidently amused, Holly, remarked: ‘This is the greatest bit of television you will ever see.’
‘This will take us off air forever!’ Phillip promptly added, referring to Bristolian Josie’s awkward pronunciation of the boating term.
Seat of learning: The hapless pair were sent to the historic university city, famous for its winding River Cam, to work on their boating skills amid claims of a shortage in female punters
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