Russian hackers are believed to be behind the 'technical glitch' that threw the BBC into disarray yesterday afternoon just after 3pm.
For a while, the channel played recorded 'old news', but this backfired when the main news featured the death of Boris Yeltsin, and the sports segment accidentally showed footage of the 1966 World Cup final game, with its Russian linesman controversy.
Newsreaders Fiona Bruce and Mark Easton were initially put in a taxi driven by cabbie Igor Shevchenko, and told to go to another secret BBC recording location written in a microdot on a till receipt from Red or Dead, but when the taxi became stuck in traffic - probably due to further Russian hacking of traffic light systems - the pair got out, walked half a mile, and got on a bus, arriving with minutes to spare.
A BBC spokesman said that normal service had now been resumed.
"Everything is under control again," he lied.