Rebecca Ryan, director of the BBC’s Defund campaign, said “The BBC doesn’t even hide its bias. In fact, she finds it very funny.

“And the millions of reluctant Brits forced to fund the corporation, bullied and harassed in their own homes, are the stuff of jokes.

“It is time to abolish the license fee once and for all. Meanwhile, Brits in droves are realizing that if you switch to on-demand or catch-up (with the exception of BBC iPlayer) you can stop paying for this travesty.’

Ms. Croxall did not specify what exactly made her “joyful” during the program. The BBC has been contacted for comment.