Image: BBC
Image: BBC
The poor audience reception to the latest season of Top Gear will presumably spur BBC bosses into thinking about how to make a popular, mass audience version of the show with broad appeal.

If so, there’s a very useful explanation lurking away on one of the corporation’s very own YouTube channels which they might want to watch and pay attention to,

This clip from 2012 shows former host Jeremy Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman discussing why a show made just for petrol heads can’t happen and how Top Gear needs to appeal to “a broad church”.

Clarkson says: “For every one person who can name the the firing order of a Lamborghini’s V12 we have ten people watching who are not sure what a Lamborghini is and 100 people who couldn’t see over the steering wheel.”

Apart from Clarkson’s very sage advice, we can allow ourselves to smile at the brief appearance of Matt Le Blanc, then a guest and now seemingly the show’s lead presenter, and Jeremy and Wilman discussing the number of iPlayer hits for the show – something which became a bit of an obsession for now former host Chris Evans.

Clarkson, and co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, as well as Wilman will be back later this year with their all-new Amazon Prime Video show, The Grand Tour. Find out how to watch.