Four days later, the Mail's regular BBC-basher Paul Revoir found fault:
So what 'tradition' are they referring to?
For generations, making the iconic Blue Peter advent crown has been an eagerly awaited part of the Christmas celebration.
This year, the BBC decided to do something a bit different – they burnt it.
As evidence of this 'burning', the Mail has published two pictures. One of the advent crown:
And one of the 'advent crown' meeting a 'flaming end on the studio floor':
You don't really need to be an expert in advent crowns to see that what is pictured in the first photo clearly isn't what is on fire in the second.
And this screenshot proves the crown wasn't burning:
The 'sacrilege' quote, incidentally, comes not from angry viewers (none are mentioned) but from former Blue Peter presenter Anthea Turner, who is wheeled out to say:
'The advent crown is part of the bricks and mortar of what makes Blue Peter so special. To burn it is sacrilege. It was a wonderful tradition and both children and adults loved making it. What are they trying to prove?'
Since they didn't burn it, it isn't 'sacrilege' and they aren't trying to 'prove' anything. It seems fairly obvious she hadn't seen the show and nor had another former presenter:
Konnie Huq, the show’s longest-serving presenter, said she had not seen the footage, but added: 'I am very fond of the advent crown – it is cult.'
One comment on the article sums it up perfectly:
(Hat-tip to Jim Hawkins)