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Top Gear - General approach taken by the programme

Publication date: 26 Jul 2006


We have received a variety of complaints about issues covered in BBC Two's Top Gear programme and the approach in which they are covered by the programme's presenters.

The BBC's response

We acknowledge some viewers do not appreciate the Top Gear team's sense of humour but their provocative comments are an integral part of the programme and are not intended to be taken seriously.

In addition to making fun of each other, Jeremy Clarkson and his co-presenters frequently make jibes at members of the audience and at individuals and organisations featured in the programme. This is part of the appeal of the show and no-one is immune from the team's acerbic comments and observations. We trust most viewers are familiar enough with the style and tone of the show not to take offence.

The BBC does not condone irresponsible or dangerous activities. Were the presenters' comments and pranks carried out with any degree of seriousness, rather than being clearly tongue-in-cheek or adopting the deliberate overstatement that is the programme's trademark, we would of course take issue with them. The programme is as much about entertainment as information and includes a variety of features designed to test the cars, and the presenters, to the limit. Although fun is part of Top Gear's remit, we pay proper attention to legal and safety requirements.

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