BBC bid to stop Top Gear Stig book

The BBC has launched a legal bid to keep Top Gear's mystery driver The Stig from writing his autobiography, saying it breaches his "contractual and confidentiality obligations" to the programme.

The faceless show favourite - who always wears a blackened visor - is subject to a confidentiality agreement and BBC lawyers argue that a book could unmask his identity and spoil the mystery of theBBC Two programme.

The character, dressed in race overalls and a helmet, undertakes test drives and trains celebrities in setting lap times in the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" feature on the show.

His identity has been a closely-guarded secret for long, with only a few executives and Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May said to know who he is.

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