A report emerged from the BBC this week that revealed that the scripts for the Christmas Day episode of EastEnders had been stolen.
The report on the BBC website revealed that a laptop was stolen that ‘contains the twists and turns of our exciting EastEnders Christmas' – the words of executive producer Diederick Santer.
Now as someone who remembers the great twists and turns that the Christmas Day EastEnders episodes provided when it was good (i.e. in the 1980s), this really does bear no consequence to me as I will be watching my mother-in-law's 'I Claudius' DVDs.
However for the BBC, and for the millions of fans of the Mitchells and Ricky & Bianca, this is worse than the tabloid spoilers that are as traditional as the broadcast.
There is a possibility that the scripts could be published online and this would be to the huge detriment of the broadcaster, who may as well put the Doctor Who regeneration and the Queens Speech on iPlayer to save us all waiting until the 25th.
From an IT security angle, this incident does involve the theft of a laptop. Paul Huntingdon, UK director of Credant, said: “Whilst it sounds an amusing tale, the fact that the laptop was stolen during a burglary brings the theft of the laptop firmly into focus. It shows that laptop thefts can occur anywhere and at any time - and that companies need to be aware of this issue.
"It remains to be seen what the BBC will do about the script losses in the longer term, but I wouldn't be surprised to see threats of legal action flying around if the scripts do find their way into the public domain.”
While the other contents of the laptop have not been disclosed, the BBC will be hoping that details of Barbara Windsor's salary were not on the hard drive, you can be sure that Fort Knox style encryption and padlocks are being implemented on every laptop down Weatherfield way.