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Top Gear 'aimed at viewers with mental age of nine'

Hannah Furness in London

Published 28/01/2014 | 02:30

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Presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May from Top Gear

'Top Gear' is aimed at viewers with a mental age of nine to provide escapism for the middle-aged man, its executive producer has admitted.

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Andy Wilman, who has worked on the BBC TV motoring show since 2002, said it provided "an hour a week where absolutely nothing is achieved".

He said that although the three presenters – Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond – were "maturing" physically, the irreverent tone was "too important to mess with".

Mr Wilman told 'Radio Times' magazine that he had pondered the issue of seriousness, but said that when he examined the programme's new series next month, he found that "almost everything we'd filmed was, once again, aimed at people with a mental age of nine". Episodes will involve a rally in a supermarket, a tank smashing through a building and cars being blown up.

"If you're actually nine, you need something to watch that isn't a computer screen," he said. "And if you're 29, 39 or 59, part of your brain will most likely still have a mental age of nine, and that part struggles to get nourishment.

"Modern life for adults is, after all, bloody hard. . . that's where we come in – an hour a week where three badly dressed middle-aged men bicker, fall over and catch fire; an hour a week where absolutely nothing is achieved, but the path to nine-year-old escapism is briefly lit up." (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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