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Top Gear to lead lineup of male-focused service, one of three new international brands alongside BBC Earth and BBC First

The BBC will look to Jeremy Clarkson to conquer the world with a new international channel called BBC Brit driven by reruns of one of its most popular shows, BBC2's Top Gear.

BBC Brit, which will launch later this year, will be aimed at male viewers and feature "the best of British content from motoring, business, documentaries and adventure to food, music and sport".

BBC2's Top Gear, already one of the biggest moneyspinners for the corporation's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, will feature heavily in its lineup of shows.

Other shows expected on its schedule include BBC2's Dragons' Den and documentaries by Louis Theroux, as well as shows such as BBC1's Frank Skinner panel show Room 101.

The plans were announced by the BBC Worldwide chief executive, »

- John Plunkett

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