‘Top Gear’ special slammed by Indian High Commission

The India episode is accused of being 'offensive' and 'full of toilet humour'

A Top Gear special in India has been criticised by the High Commission Of India for being “offensive” and “full of toilet humour”.

The episode, which aired on December 28, featured jokes about food and trains and a Jaguar car fitted with a toilet seat on its boot. Now the HCI has written to the BBC after it was contacted by “too many people” who were “very upset” by the programme.

The corporation, which itself received 188 complaints about the programme, said it would respond to the HCI in due course, according to BBC News.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, which copied in BBC director general Mark Thompson, the HCI wrote:

The programme was replete with cheap jibes, tasteless humour and lacked cultural sensitivity that we expect from the BBC. I write this to convey our deep disappointment over the documentary for its content and the tone of the presentation. You are clearly in breach of the agreement that you had entered into, completely negating our constructive and proactive facilitation.

A senior Indian diplomat also told the BBC: “In the letter, we did convey our disappointment because we have a long-standing relationship with the BBC which is one of admiration and co-operation.

“India is a developing country, we have very many issues to address, all that is fine but it is not fine to broadcast this toilet humour. There are many parts of the programme that people have complained about. It’s not only Indians, it’s also our British friends – it goes much beyond.”

Host Jeremy Clarkson is currently facing an Ofcom investigation after comments he made about striking public sector workers on The One Show.