BBC Breakfast's Charlie Stayt quoted the catchphrase of 'Little Britain' character Vicky Pollard instead of Tate's famous alter-ego Lauren Cooper

BBC Breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt was left embarrassed earlier this week when he mistook Catherine Tate for Matt Lucas live on air.

Tate appeared on the BBC morning show, with Stayt kicking off the interview by attempting to reference the comedy star’s famous catchphrase from The Catherine Tate Show.

“I’m going to get it wrong now… yes but, no but,” Stayt said, instead quoting the catchphrase of Vicky Pollard, Matt Lucas’ “chav” character from Little Britain.

“Yes… but, no but is not me but. Yes, but no but, that is Little Britain but,” Tate replied, before reminding the presenter that the catchphrase of her character Lauren Cooper was in fact “Am I bovvered?”

Watch the awkward moment in the clip above.

Meanwhile, the BBC faced criticism late last year for including a controversial joke about a Muslim man in Catherine Tate’s Christmas special.

The festive special featured scenes in which “Nan” – Tate’s notoriously bigoted comic character – attends a series of anger management classes after attacking a blind charity collector.

One session saw a Muslim man in a prayer cap enter the room carrying a grey bag, which prompts Nan to say: “Alright. No sudden movements. If this one has got anger problems, we’re all in trouble. I think we all just stay calm.”

The chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque, Mohammed Afzal, branded the joke “insulting in the current climate”, predicting: “People will not find this funny. It is tarnishing Muslims with the same brush as terrorists. It’s disgusting.”

A representative for the Islamic Centre of England also spoke critically about the joke, saying: “This is very sensitive issue and will not be taken in a favourable way. It can just add unnecessarily to the problems.”

However, a BBC spokesperson appeared to defend the rumoured joke’s inclusion in the Christmas special. “Nan is a comedy character well known to BBC audiences for her outrageous views, language and behaviour,” the spokesperson said. “Her views do not hold accord with a more enlightened world as the programme makes clear.”