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'The Stig' joins Channel 5's Fifth Gear

1 October 2010 10:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ben Collins, who appeared as mystery driver on BBC2's Top Gear, to co-present rival motoring show

Richard Desmond's Channel 5 has hired Ben Collins, the racing driver who played Top Gear's the Stig, to appear in rival motoring show Fifth Gear.

Collins, who appeared as the helmet-wearing "mystery" driver on BBC2's Top Gear from 2003, was ditched from the show after it emerged he was preparing to publish a book on his racing experiences and unmask himself as the Stig. Last month the BBC failed to win an injunction to halt the publication of Collins's autobiography.

He will make his debut on the show, which also features former Top Gear presenters Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson, when the new series of Fifth Gear starts next Friday night.

Collins will take on "Stig-like" roles, in a "colourful racing suit", and also appear as a co-presenter minus racing garb. However, he »

- Mark Sweney

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