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Producer admits BBC's Jeremy Clarkson show is just an hour of escapism fronted by 'three badly dressed middle-aged men'

Top Gear may be poised to tighten its grip on the world's TV thanks to the upcoming launch of the male-focused BBC Brit channel – but it's not ready to grow up yet. Executive producer Andy Wilman told the Radio Times that he watched several recent episodes and realised "almost everything we'd filmed was, once again, aimed at people with a mental age of nine". He said the show offers "an hour a week where absolutely nothing is achieved, but the path to nine-year-old escapism is briefly lit up". He added: "Most TV shows that have been going for as long as ours refresh themselves by forcibly injecting new elements into the format, but on Top Gear we keep ourselves young by ageing. You're watching an organic journey of those three going through their motoring lives. »

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