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Coming soon: Chinese Top Gear show

By SYF77 on 28 Feb 2011

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BBC China is to make its own version of Top Gear, the BBC's hugely successful car show. According to UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph, the programme’s content is likely to be toned down, as its blend of outrageous stunts and politically incorrect humour will be too controversial to pass China's censors.

Cao Yunjin, a popular Beijing comedian who will be one of the three hosts of the Chinese version, told state media that he believed the antics of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, the hosts of Top Gear, are too extreme for Chinese censorship requirement. "The boys go crazy in the show, like pushing a Maserati over the top of a three-storey building and smashing it. It may be too much violence for a fun programme in China," he said. Instead, the pilot episode of the Chinese show features a millstone-pushing race between a Cadillac and a donkey, in order to see which would be more useful for farm work.

With a worldwide audience of 350 million, Top Gear has become one of the BBC's most popular exports. Locally-made versions are already shown in Australia, Russia and the US. The Chinese version will be screened on China Central Television, the state broadcaster. The show will be broadcast after midnight when it airs later this year.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Ahbengdriver Mar 01 2011 12:50 PM
Jeremy Clarkson condemn China made cars in BBC UK. So will this do likewise?
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