7 items from 2010
From the man who pretends to be a caterpillar eating a leaf for nature documentaries to the woman who sets the questions for Mastermind, we salute the stars behind the camera
Ben Jones, foley artist on Life
Before I had a go at being a foley artist, I didn't know the job existed. I always thought the sound on natural history programmes was recorded in the field. Then, 15 years ago, when I was training to be a sound editor, a foley artist had to disappear one lunchtime and I was pushed into the sound booth and told to be a snake.
The foley booth is a soundproof room with trapdoors covering various surfaces such as earth, rubble, concrete, grass and floorboards. There is usually a cupboard full of rubbish that make different sounds – teapots, kids' toys, bamboo, broken glass, balloons, anything. That first time, I think I used some gardening gloves, »
- Becky Barnicoat
Presenter hits out at racing driver Ben Collins, Aka the Stig, and says Top Gear is 'damaged but not out'
Top Gear co-host Jeremy Clarkson has said that the man who plays the Stig is "sacked" and admitted he was "hurt" that Ben Collins decided to unmask himself as the show's anonymous white-suited driver.
Clarkson said that "Top Gear is damaged but not out", adding that he has spent the last three weeks "doing nothing but work out what to do instead", after it emerged that Collins was planning to out himself as the Stig in his autobiography.
The BBC failed last week to have an injunction granted to stop Collins, the racing driver who has played the Stig since 2003, from publishing his book.
Clarkson said he felt "a bit hurt really". "It was such a shock. It was horrible actually because I liked him and he came round to »
- Tara Conlan
James May has suggested that The Stig will be killed off in a future episode of Top Gear. Earlier this week, racing driver Ben Collins was named as The Stig when the BBC lost a court case attempting to block his autobiography. May has now suggested that The Stig will face a similar fate to The Black Stig, who was dropped in the third series when it emerged that driver Perry McCarthy was the face behind the mask. "There was black-overalls Stig, who had to be dealt with by [producer] Andy [Wilman]," (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
The legal battle over the publication of a book about BBC's famed character The Stig has ended, with the network losing the case against publisher HarperCollins. The High Court in London has refused to grant BBC an injunction blocking the book.
Last week, BBC fired off a legal action against the book publisher, arguing that HarperCollins' plans to release a book about their famous yet unidentified character would breach confidentiality obligations.
The Stig is the anonymous "Top Gear" racing driver who has become famous for his white racing overall outfit and dark-visored helmet. His identity has been kept a secret on BBC.
Several racing drivers have been rumored to be The Stig, including F1 champs Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. However, ex-Formula Three driver Ben Collins is the name that stuck. The first driver, Perry McCarthy, was fired in 2003 after his identity was exposed.
High court judge refuses temporary injunction against autobiography that reveals who plays the Stig on Top Gear
The BBC's legal move to stop publication of an autobiography revealing the identity of Top Gear's mystery driver the Stig was blocked in the high court today.
Mr Justice Morgan declined to give the BBC a temporary injunction preventing publication of the HarperCollins book on the second day of the hearing, after weighing up legal arguments from both sides in private.
Speaking outside the high court after Morgan announced his decision, HarperCollins solicitor Robin Shaw said: "The judge has said he is not going to grant an injunction in this case. Reasons are to follow and will be given in a private judgment."
He added that there was unlikely to be a further public statement or another court hearing today.
A spokeswoman for the BBC said today's judgment did not prevent it »
- Jason Deans
BBC says planned memoirs by Ben Collins, revealed to be latest mysterious test driver, 'breached confidentiality obligations'
Poll: Does Top Gear now need a new Stig?
For years the identity of BBC TV's Top Gear test driver, the Stig, has been the subject of frenzied speculation but now his identity appears to have been revealed and the aura of mystery surrounding him may be further shattered by his plan to publish his memoirs.
The name of the driver who hides his identity behind a white helmet with a blackened visor was revealed today as Ben Collins, 35, a former Formula Three driver, described on his website as boasting "a reputation for being fast and aggressive".
Last week, the BBC confirmed it was trying to put the brakes on the Stig's planned autobiography, saying it breached "agreed contractual and confidentiality obligations" relating to the programme.
Then the Sunday Times named Collins based »
- Haroon Siddique
Masked driver would breach 'contractual and confidentiality obligations' if book revealed his identity, corporation warns
The BBC has threatened to take legal action against the Stig, Top Gear's anonymous driver, to prevent him from publishing an autobiography.
The Stig, the anonymous driver who hides his identity behind a helmet with a blackened visor, wants to write the book but the BBC is opposing the move because it would mean him being unmasked.
BBC lawyers insist he is contractually obliged to keep his identity under wraps.
The character, who has helped Top Gear become BBC2's biggest ratings hit, undertakes test drives and trains celebrities to race around a track for one of the programme's most popular segments, Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. The current "Stig" took up the role after Perry McCarthy, who played him originally, was exposed.
The BBC said the proposed autobiography breaches "agreed contractual and »
- James Robinson
7 items from 2010
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