Sorry to sound the Top Gear klaxon again today, but the BBC has just made an announcement that nobody expected, revealing that the Chris Evans-fronted version of the show opened it up to a wider global audience than Jeremy Clarkson’s.
It's probably all down to the move away from racist jokes.
“I am very happy with programme sales,” said BBC Worldwide chief executive Tim Davie. “[Chris Evans’ Top Gear] has sold into over 130 territories which is very strong and marginal growth versus the previous season. It is absolutely the case I think that Top Gear remains in very good health. It is a work in progress and we will have to see how it goes.”
It’s a consolation prize that will no doubt restore the wind to Evans’ sails and the hatred to the hearts of those of us that started to feel a bit sorry for him over the last couple of weeks.
It's not all sunshine and rainbows though, with reports earlier claiming that the BBC had chosen to axe Top Gear's Christmas specials, in order to invest extra work and attention into season 24. [Guardian]