NEWSNIGHT Scotland is an estimable programme, but it has denied many viewers north of the Border one of the televisual sights of the year - that of the national institution that is Kirsty Wark performing the celebrated dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Ms Wark launched into the zombie routine at the end of the current affairs magazine's episode on Hallowe'en, which had been dealing with such heavyweight issues as the phone hacking trial and Chile's presidential elections.
The remarkable episode went down favourably with the viewing public, many of whom took to Twitter to express their admiration for an act which seemed so out of character.
Unexpected it may well have been, but such a bold image change is not without precedent: who could forget Angela Rippon stunning the nation by kicking up her shapely legs in a glamorous song-and-dance routine in the Morecambe and Wise Christmas special of 1976?
While it is to not be recommended on a regular basis, it is good now and again to see that even journalists renowned for their gravitas have a lighter side. Over to you, Jeremy Paxman.
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