As captain, Root tried everything, including giving a lengthy bowl to Jack Leach on debut.
That was finally brought to an end inside the final hour when Broad had De Grandhomme caught behind on 72.
The corporation's head of religion, Aaqil Ahmed, is keen to point out that it could be worse.
"If you look across the broadcasting landscape at ITV and Channel 5, religion is a dirty word," he claims.
Following on from the way he handled himself when scoring 16 in his first international innings, Leach again displayed the kind of composure that suggests he has what it takes to succeed at Test level.
Broad finally did break the partnership that brought New Zealand back into this match, the hosts total now 178 for six, before bad light ended the day with 5.1 overs still to bowl.