Friday 19 January 2018

Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear criticised for foul language

JEREMY Clarkson’s Top Gear has been criticised for its repeated use of foul language prior to the 9pm watershed.

The popular BBC2 show is broadcast at 8pm and is now widely regarded as family entertainment rather than just a show for car fanatics.

But on Sunday night’s programme, one guest used the word b******s and the word t***** was sprayed across a car.

In another segment, the F-word had to be bleeped out seven times in five minutes, while the word s*** was censored so poorly it was obvious what was being said.

Irate viewers took to Twitter to question why such language was necessary. One said: “Come on BBC! Why so much swearing in a family show?”

Another said: “Some words are bleeped out but others aren’t. Younger viewers may be watching so either screen it after 9pm or cut out the swearing.”

The Top Gear programme is popular with younger teenagers as well as children, and its commercial arm makes millions from merchandise relating to the show.

Most of the bad language related to a sketch in the show in which hosts Clarkson and Richard Hammond attempted to choreograph a car chase in the style of 1970s police drama The Sweeney.

The sketch director Nick Love, who has made the forthcoming film version of the television classic, is shown using increasingly bad language because of their bizarre plans for the chase.

Both Love and Ray Winstone, who stars in the new film, appeared on the show to promote the production.

In 2009 the BBC stated it would cut back on offensive language after a survey of more than 2,000 viewers found even young people were concerned about its proliferation.

A BBC spokesman declined to comment.

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