The Producers of BBC Mastermind were in shock last night after they were blamed for the catastrophic crash of the BBC's Online Service.
The collapse came just 10 minutes after the presenter of the show made an unusual but seemingly innocent announcement. He told the viewing public quite calmly that the BBC now have an online Mastermind game that viewers can play at home.
The minute the show was over, four million people raced to their computers and attempted to play the game all at the same time. The demand was so great that it led to the total collapse of the entire BBC Online Website and a powercut, which led to a temporary loss of service across all BBC channels.
The makers of mastermind said they knew their show was popular but they never had any idea how much it meant to people.
A friend of the spokesman for the show said "The show finished at 8.30 and within minutes demand to play the game had hit overload point. The system just couldn't cope, and everything froze."
The BBC are hoping to get the game back on track for the weekend when they expect many more hits on their site. Microsoft have been contacted, and they are confident they can help them with the problem.
A BBC insider said that the game is so popular they have received an offer from Apple to make it into an APP for mobile phones. They say the game is likely to replace the Angry Birds programme. It is rumoured that these angry birds got so angry they ate each other and now there are no birds to play the game with.
The friend of a spokesman for Apple said it was tragic what happened to the angry birds. He hoped, however, that a nice game full of very hard questions and answers would be a lot easier to handle than the troublesome little creatures who previously lived in their iphones.
"They made our lives hell" Said the Spokesman's friend. "I'm still getting over the shock."
By Katarina Frogpond