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Top Gear's The Stig Is Finally Unmasked

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Top Gear's The Stig Is Finally Unmasked

Post by fairyprincess on Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:51 am

The BBC has been refused a court injunction preventing the revealing of The Stig's identity.
The failed court injunction has revealed one of the BBC's best kept secrets.

He may have a fear of ducks but hit motor show Top Gear's mysterious circuit driver The Stig proved to be not so tame after beating a High Court ban by BBC bosses to muzzle him.

An autobiography by HarperCollins reveals the Stig to be racing driver and stuntman, Ben Collins.

In response to the ruling a BBC spokesperson said: "The BBC brought this action as we believe it is vital to protect the character of the Stig which ultimately belongs to the licence fee payer.

"Today's judgement does not prevent the BBC from pursuing this matter to trial and the BBC will not be deterred from protecting such information from attack no matter when or by whom it should arise."
During the legal battle the show's boss Andy Wilman wrote a passionate blog in defence of keeping the Stig's identity secret.

In it he said: "The whole point of the Stig is the mystique – the bizarre characteristics he has, the wonderment created about what he might think, feel, do or look like. Kids adore the conceit, and I believe adults, although they know it’s a man in a suit (or is it?), gladly buy into the whole conceit because they find it entertaining."

The Top Gear test driver's job on the BBC series was to drive featured sports cars around the shows test track very fast.

But The Stig became a bit of a legend on the show after presenter Jeremy Clarkson started introducing the anonymous driver each week with a different comic saying.

The Stig's identity was never revealed as he always appeared on the show helmeted, darkened visor down and clad head to toe in his trademark white racing overalls.
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Re: Top Gear's The Stig Is Finally Unmasked

Post by sabbi on Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:14 am

I don't know what the problem is with the BBC, so he blew his cover, BBC, get yourself a new Stig, SORTED. Laughing

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