Quentin Sommerville, a reporter for the BBC, is a serious reporter doing some very serious and important reporting in the Middle East, and, as things go, he is not usually a man to corpse on camera, not even in the face of Taliban bullets, US air raids or the Israel Defence Forces's iron dome
But this veteran BBC reporter has revealed one thing that caused him to absolutely lose it - a bonfire of heroin and hash, and in turn he shared an important lesson for the young, budding journalists out there. If you happen to find yourself next to a massive pile of burning narcotics, whatever you do, don't inhale.
The Middle East correspondent released the video, entitled 'Don't Inhale' last night with the tweet: "It's been a year of bullets & bloodshed. You've earned a xmas laugh, at my expense."
The video, apparently shot in Afghanistan four years ago, shows Sommerville in a pink shirt standing in front of a burning pile of narcotics.
"Burning behind me is eight and a half tons of heroin, opium, hashish and other narcotics," is all he could get through before dissolving into some serious giggles in this video he tweeted out
That tweet and the original YouTube video were later deleted.
BBC in a statement wanted to make it very clear that the four-year-old footage never made it onto the air.
“The video of Quentin corpsing, which has now been deleted, was posted in the spirit of a blooper,” a BBC spokesman told the Telegraph. “It was filmed four years ago – it hasn’t been seen before and was never broadcast.”
To save you a trip to Urban Dictionary, “corpsing” is British slang for when someone unintentionally breaks character by laughing uncontrollably.