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Dramatic pictures of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson deliberately smashing a truck into a wall have been released.

A Top Gear spokeswoman said the star was "quite badly injured" in the stunt, staged, she said, to "see how difficult it was to be a truck driver".

Mr Clarkson has said he emerged from the accident "in screaming agony", with bruises to his leg, back and finger, but has since made a good recovery.

Viewers can watch the high-speed smash on Sunday's episode of Top Gear.

In the programme, Mr Clarkson and his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May were each given a series of tasks to complete as truck-drivers.

Mr Clarkson was instructed to drive a Renault Magnum lorry through a wall at 56mph - the vehicle's maximum legal speed - at a test track near Milton Keynes.

In a recent Sun newspaper column Mr Clarkson described the smash as his first serious road accident for 31 years.

He said that he had had decided before being allowed on the road, "everyone should be made to drive at high speed into a wall."

He added: "At the moment, teenagers see Bruce Willis driving his car into a helicopter and imagine that you can get out afterwards and still be well enough to punch a baddy in the face.

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The presenter said he could not 'walk, talk or think' after the smash

"This isn't accurate. I emerged from my high speed head-on impact in what can only be described as screaming agony. I couldn't walk. I couldn't talk. I couldn't think."

His injuries included an index finger that looked like "a burst sausage" and heavy bruising to his shin and back.

He wrote: "Everyone should experience this before they are given a licence.

"It would let them know that crashes really really hurt and that it would be a good idea to not have one."

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In 2006 Mr Clarkson's fellow Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was badly injured when the jet-powered car he was driving crashed at high speed during filming for the BBC show.

He recovered and remains a host on the show.

Although an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive spotted failings in the BBC's risk assessment procedures, no prosecution was launched against the corporation.

Speaking about the latest high-speed crash, the Top Gear spokeswoman said: "Before the stunt was carried out a full heath and safety assessment was carried out.

"Jeremy has made a full recovery."

The new Top Gear series begins on Sunday 2 November on BBC Two at 2000 GMT.

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A lorry drivers' union has demanded an apology from Jeremy Clarkson after he joked about murdering prostitutes.

The United Road Transport Union (URTU) took offence to a jibe made by the presenter on Sunday night's edition of Top Gear.

Clarkson said: "This is a hard job, and I'm not just saying that to win favour with lorry drivers - it's a hard job. Change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder."

URTU spokesperson James Bower said it "beggars belief" that the joke was allowed to be transmitted, adding: "We would absolutely condemn what he said about murdering prostitutes."

However, the BBC has not criticised Clarkson for the joke, despite receiving 188 complaints from viewers.

"The vast majority of Top Gear viewers have clear expectations of Jeremy Clarkson's long-established and frequently provocative on-screen persona," said a spokeswoman.

"This particular reference was used to comically exaggerate and make ridiculous an unfair urban myth about the world of lorry driving."


If only they didn't murder prostitutes, their complaint would hold so much more water :unsure:

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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson should be sacked for making a joke about murdering prostitutes on the BBC Two programme, a Labour MP has said.

Ipswich parliamentarian Chris Mole called the remark on last weekend's episode of the show a "dismissible offence".

More than 500 people complained to the BBC after Clarkson made the comment as he and fellow presenters Richard Hammond and James May were completing a lorry driving task.

At one point, the 48-year-old said: "Change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That's a lot of effort in a day."

Five women working as prostitutes were murdered in Mole's Ipswich constituency in 2006. Former lorry driver Steve Wright, 50, was jailed for life in February after being found guilty of their murders.

In a letter to the BBC, the MP wrote: "For Mr Clarkson to make light of murder in any circumstance must be a dismissible offence. To do so with complete disregard for the families of the murdered women should make this a matter on which I would expect you to take immediate action."

Responding to complaints earlier in the week, the BBC said: "This particular reference was used to comically exaggerate, and make ridiculous, an unfair urban myth about the world of lorry driving, and was not intended to cause offence."


:doh: look what that Satanic Slut has done....made us all 'outraged of Ipswich'

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I think they've lost the plot and gone OTT. This wasn't even entertainment, mindlessly driving a truck at a wall. Outrageousness for it's own sake.

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I think they've lost the plot and gone OTT. This wasn't even entertainment, mindlessly driving a truck at a wall. Outrageousness for it's own sake.


but his comments had me chortling....discussing whether there was room in the cab to murder a prostitute

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I do admit I did snigger momentarily.

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I do admit I did snigger momentarily.


the point being that, with Georgina Baillie's success..... 'outraged of Ipswich' will be demanding heads will roll and an OFCOM investigation if presenters as much as smirk..... her success has created a whole series of Mary Whitehouse wannabes

<can we have a channel where the controllers say 'I don't give a fook what you think'>

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the point being that, with Georgina Baillie's success..... 'outraged of Ipswich' will be demanding heads will roll and an OFCOM investigation if presenters as much as smirk..... her success has created a whole series of Mary Whitehouse wannabes

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Blimey. Not heard that witches name in a while. But good point. And it'd ruin a lot of things if it's allowed to go down like that.

With the crap they show, I assumed they already didn't. But they do, however, fear for the jobs at the drop of a hat these days.

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Motoring show Top Gear has been using Morse code to insult Strictly Come Dancing.

The programme's soundtrack was overdubbed with dot-dash beeps last week, tapping out the message: "Strictly Come Dancing is crap."

"I know Morse code when I hear it so I played it back and worked out what they were saying. It’s typical Top Gear to slag off Strictly - can you imagine [host Jeremy] Clarkson in a sequined top?" a viewer told The Sun.

A representative for the show said the coded messages will return this week, but cautioned that they should not be taken seriously.

"It's all just a bit of fun. Top Gear is known for being irreverent so this is just the producers' idea of a joke," said the BBC insider.

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:lol: Classy. :rolleyes:

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The programme's soundtrack was overdubbed with dot-dash beeps last week, tapping out the message: "Strictly Come Dancing is crap."

"I know Morse code when I hear it so I played it back and worked out what they were saying. It’s typical Top Gear to slag off Strictly - can you imagine [host Jeremy] Clarkson in a sequined top?" a viewer told The Sun.

A representative for the show said the coded messages will return this week, but cautioned that they should not be taken seriously.

"It's all just a bit of fun. Top Gear is known for being irreverent so this is just the producers' idea of a joke," said the BBC insider.


I thought it was during The Stig's lap in the Lambo, he was listening to Morse Code.

Clarkson slagged Strictly off for most of the show anyway :lol:


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Jokes made by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes did not breach the broadcasting code, Ofcom has ruled.

The media regulator received 339 complaints and the BBC more than 1,800 over the comments made last month.

Ofcom ruled Clarkson "was clearly using exaggeration to make a joke".

The presenter's comments came after forklift truck driver Steve Wright was jailed in February for killing five prostitutes in Ipswich.

As he completed a lorry-driving task, Clarkson said: "This is a hard job and I'm not just saying that to win favour with lorry drivers, it's a hard job.

"Change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That's a lot of effort in a day."

'Comic effect'

"Ofcom did not believe the intention of the comments could be seen to imply that all lorry drivers murder prostitutes, nor would it be reasonable to make such an inference," the watchdog said.

"In Ofcom's view, the presenter was clearly using exaggeration to make a joke, albeit not to everyone's taste. The comments should therefore be seen in that context."

Ofcom added it considered the majority of the audience would have understood Clarkson's comments as being made for comic effect, and were in keeping with what would normally be expected from him on the show.

Last month Labour MP Chris Mole called for Clarkson to be sacked, calling the comments "a dismissible offence".

Five women working as prostitutes were murdered in Mr Mole's Ipswich constituency in 2006.

In response to the complaints the BBC said: "This particular reference was used to comically exaggerate, and make ridiculous, an unfair urban myth about the world of lorry driving, and was not intended to cause offence."

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Bloody hell, people actually seeing it for what it was, a joke :cheer: wonders will never cease

And i thought Sundays episode was the best of the series so far............Fiesta being chased through a shopping centre....classic :)


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Bloody hell, people actually seeing it for what it was, a joke :cheer: wonders will never cease

And i thought Sundays episode was the best of the series so far............Fiesta being chased through a shopping centre....classic :)

My home town's shopping centre too, made it all the more enjoyable for me. Especially seeing as I don't go near BHS and I saw it from the inside for the first time. :fonz:

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just watched it in you tube, brilliant, reminded me of the scene from the blues brothers where they have the police chase through a shopping mall

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 Post subject: BBC: Top Gear Tesla didn't run out of juice
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BBC: Top Gear Tesla didn't run out of juice

'We showed what would happen if it did'


'Leccy Tech The BBC has admitted that the silver Tesla Roadster driven by Jeremy Clarkson on this past weekend's Top Gear didn't run out of juice and didn't need to be pushed home.

However, the Corporation said it stood by the results of its test of the 'leccy sports car.

A spokeswoman for the popular motoring show confirmed to AwayGoalsRule - as Tesla's head of spin, Rachel Konrad, recently claimed - throughout the test, the show was never without a working Tesla.

"They never had to push a car off the track because of lack of charge or a fault," Konrad wrote earlier this week. "It’s unclear why they were pushing one into a garage in the video; I’ll refrain from speculating about their motives."

Now we can reveal the answer: according to the Top Gear spokeswoman, the tested Tesla was filmed being pushed into the shed in order to show what would happen if the Roadster had run out of charge.

"Top Gear stands by the findings in this film and is content that it offers a fair representation of the Tesla's performance on the day it was tested," the BBC said in statement.

Of course, Tesla probably shouldn't be too upset by any of this as said findings where predominantly favourable. When it thrashed a Lotus Elise - the car on which the Roadster is based - in a drag race, Clarkson announced that the "volt-head had beaten the petrol-head" and it was "snowing in hell".

We'll also be surprised if his comment about the Roadster being "broadband motoring" doesn't end up in Tesla's PR at some point down the line. In the hands of Top Gear's "tame racing driver", the Stig, the Roadster completed a lap of the Top Gear track in exactly the same time as Porsche 911 GT3, and that is not a slow car.

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Hardly a fair representation! They don't show petrol cars in what if it breaks down reconstructions... typical Clarkson though :rolleyes:

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Series 13 is GO!

Start your engines, don your crash helmets and look both ways before crossing the street - Top Gear is back!

The brand new series begins this Sunday at 8pm on BBC Two and, even if we do say so ourselves, it's going to be a bit of a corker.

Kicking things off on the very first show, we fire up the time-machine and discover what Top Gear would have looked like if it had been made in the 1950s. Fortunately this doesn't mean the return of rationing and TB, but rather a massive race from London to Edinburgh between a glorious vintage Jaguar, a Vincent Black Shadow motorbike and a chuffing great steam locomotive.

Not to give too much away, but the sight of Clarkson shovelling a small mountain of coal by hand is not one you want to miss.

Other treats we have in store during the series include our attempt to solve the problem of airport delays, a guide to ice-racing on a budget and the usual blend of news, reviews and celebrity chat you've come to know and love.

Never has a show that's basically about three men in a tin shed been so much fun...

The new series of Top Gear begins Sunday 21st June on BBC Two

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Good start to this year's series.
But did you see the May programme that followed Top Gear .
That was good too if not better.

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