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Tiny paper F1 cars, and Top Gear in North Korea: it’s another weird week in the world of cars
Posted: 11 Apr 2014
Top Gear might air in North Korea
A megalomaniac leader with a penchant for blowing things up, Jeremy Clarkson has firmly established Top Gear as the most popular motoring programme on the planet.
And now it seems North Korea wants in on the big TG phenomenon. Reports have emerged from Pyongyang this week that the totalitarian dictatorship is considering airing Top Gear on its single state television channel.
Telly in the secretive state is limited at present: the Independent newspaper reports that the most popular programme is ‘It's So Funny', which sees ‘two uniformed soldiers performing slapstick sketches between lectures about the greatness of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un'.
Along with Top Gear, it's rumoured North Korea is also considering Doctor Who. And the Tellytubbies.
The revelations follow a Foreign Office initiative last year to draw up a list of potential programmes to offer to North Korea, a move foreign secretary William Hague described as "a good way to improve understanding about the outside world within such a closed society".
We'll leave you to ponder that one for a moment. Watching TG. To learn how the wider world works. Yep.