The UK media is gearing up to make 2011 the biggest April Fools Day ever. Already newspapers are mocking up pictures of a church on the moon for the Royal Wedding, a huge electrical generating genetically modified tree and a new underwater car. Meanwhile, TV news crews are stitching together footage of six foot tall chickens, the world's fastest paper airplane and strawberry flavoured cows.
"Every year," said Makel le Grade, co-ordinator of April First Pranks at the BBC, "we try and outdo what we've done in previous years. This year we're planning some whacky stuff over in Shepherds Bush. You'll just have to watch out for it."
Whilst the public tolerate the media's obsession with pranks, they don't particularly like it.
"We get a number of complaints every year about the sheer number of fake stories," said Ofcom Head Honcho, Dom Plaints. "People want real news from their real news media, not obviously made up stuff. Websites like the Spoof give them their fake media all year, and these smaller sites cannot compete with the budgets of big media. Just because it's the first of April, it doesn't mean the world's problems go away and can be ignored in preference to the first methane powered rocket."
Upon hearing Plaints remarks, BBC motoring show, Top Gear, has abandoned their article on the first methane powered rocket. However, plans remain to pretend that Doctor Who will be a woman in the next series as the BBC have already spent thousands of pounds from the licence fee mocking up the ad campaign that will be broadcast on April First.
"I don't watch the news on April First," said one disgruntled Spoof writer. "No point, is there? None of it's true."