Top Gear’s Burma Special was censured by Ofcom
Top Gear’s executive producer says the BBC “does not trust” the show after 2014 proved to be its “annus horribilis”.
Speaking to Broadcast magazine, Andy Wilman defended the programme’s record, after a year in which it was embroiled in several rows over racist language.
He admitted the Burma special, where Jeremy Clarkson used the racial slur “slope”, was “not defensible”.
But he added he was “bored” of defending an edition set in Argentina.
The two-part special sparked controversy in South America over a car number plate – H982 FKL – that appeared to refer to the 1982 Falklands War.
The Top Gear crew were chased out of Argentina by former veterans and the incident drew vocal complaints from Argentina’s amabassador to the UK, Alicia Castro.
“The number plates were a coincidence,” Wilman said, adding he would never “jeopardise a whole show” by “winding up” war veterans.
Wilman and Jeremy Clarkson have repeatedly insisted the number plate was not intended to cause offence
Asked whether Top Gear received enough support from the BBC when it is under fire, he paused for several seconds.
“Sometimes yes, sometimes no,” he finally replied.
“What the BBC like about Top Gear is when it’s naughty but it’s all under control.
“If your show is a bit wayward and naughty, there’s an attitude within it. We walk a tightrope most of the time. Sometimes we’re going to fall off it. And if you do, that’s when the BBC is not a fan.
“Sometimes, I feel they don’t trust us at heart.
However, Wilman insisted Top Gear’s track record was better than its reputation suggested, pointing out that Ofcom had only found it in breach …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment