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LGBT+ weatherman brightens our day with BBC News theme drum solo

LGBT+ weatherman brightens our day with BBC News theme drum solo

  • Owain Wyn Evans just won working from home.
Owain Wyn Evans.

BBC weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans has drummed his way into the nation’s hearts as he plays along to the BBC News theme.

BBC weather presenters are currently broadcasting during the coronavirus pandemic. And Evans posted a video on Twitter showing him finishing one of his regular broadcasts from his garden.

It came with the message: ‘When they said try working from home I didn’t realise they’d expect me to do the music too.’

And the video cuts away to a drum kit inside his house where he then plays along to the extended version of the BBC News theme tune.

Best news theme tunes ever

Of course, Evans isn’t the first person to affectionately lampoon news broadcast themes.

Classic film fans may remember this scene from the 1987 comedy-drama Broadcast News. It shows the moment when two musicians come in to pitch their new theme music to the channel.

And the BBC has poked fun at news broadcasts in the past, with its mid-90s comedy The Day Today. The theme for this has to be the best tribute to news graphics departments yet.

But we have never seen any TV presenter take on a solo quite like Evans.

And his tweet has lifted people’s spirits, with 3.6million views since he posted it yesterday.

LGBT+ advocate whatever the weather

The 36-year-old from Wales has been a broadcaster, journalist and TV presenter since the age of 18.

He is married to his long term partner, Arran Evans. And he describes himself as ‘unapologetically flamboyant’ on Twitter. But what we hadn’t noticed before is that his bio also adds that he is a ‘drummer’.

The proud LGBT+ advocate has also spoken in the past about people giving him homophobic abuse for his presenting style.

However, that hasn’t stopped Evans winning hearts by adding some LGBT+ flair to his weather bulletins.

In 2017 Evans celebrated International Drag Day by giving a drag queen-themed forecast. It paid tribute to drag and RuPaul’s Drag Race in particular.

And last year he worked with BBC Three and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to film an updated version of the forecast.

Meanwhile, in 2018 Evans collaborated with Netflix to produce a series of videos celebrating Pride events across the UK with Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown.

Moreover, he’s been featured on the Pinc List, a list of the 40 most influential LGBT+ people from Wales in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

And now the prize for winning Twitter yesterday goes to – drum roll please – Owain Wyn Evans.