Jeremy Clarkson slams BBC’s ‘touchy feely, leftist agenda’ after drama Time ‘annoyed’ him

Time: Stephen Graham and Sean Bean star in dramatic trailer

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Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has slammed the BBC for its portrayal of prisons in the broadcaster’s latest critically acclaimed drama, Time. The Clarkson’s Farm star said that although he enjoyed the acting performances of Sean Bean and Stephen Graham in Jimmy McGovern’s BBC One series, he was left feeling “annoyed” by one particular aspect of the show.

Jeremy fumed that the inmates in the prison drama were “fundamentally good people who shouldn’t really have been there” due to the BBC’s “touchy feely, leftist agenda”, he claims.

The former BBC host penned in his latest column: “Like everyone else, I was mesmerised by the performances from Sean Bean, and Stephen Graham in the nicely paced BBC prison drama Time.

“But also, like everyone else, I was annoyed to see the prison was full of fundamentally good people who shouldn’t really have been there.”

He added: “It was like watching a prison reformation society recruitment video. 

“And I couldn’t help thinking how much better the BBC would be if, just for once, it could drop its touchy feely, leftist agenda.

“So we all have a chance to breathe.”

The drama follows Sean Bean and Stephen Graham’s characters, a prisoner, Mark Cobden, and prison guard, Eric McNally, respectively. 

The series showed Mark, a former school teacher, was unprepared for the harsh realities of prison life. 


However the character’s gentleness and empathy went on to save him in the end of the drama.

It’s not the first time that Jeremy has hit out at the BBC, as he previously criticised BBC News, admitting he doesn’t trust a word said on the show.

Posting in view of his 7.2 million Twitter followers, Jeremy had some choice words for the BBC back in March.

He wrote: “@BBCNews You have completely lost it tonight.

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“I simply don’t trust a word you say anymore and that’s sad.”

Although Jeremy didn’t specify exactly what moment in the show he was talking about, he tweeted after a segment aired from BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg.

She had spoken off the record to 20 government officials about how they had acted ahead of the coronavirus lockdown.

The journalist also revealed how they agreed to speak on the basis of anonymity about how the UK should have locked down earlier amid the pandemic.

The rest of the show focused on the news about how EU countries had halted the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at the time.

Many of Jeremy’s followers agreed with his critical views about the news broadcast.

One wrote: “I haven’t trusted The BBC @BBCNews for twenty years now”.

Another added: “Agreed gave up on #BBCnews ages ago, obviously not improved..”

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