Worldwide fame came so quickly - Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson has said fame came suddenly to the Top Gear team as they were propelled from a niche audience to a global one.
The Grand Tour presenter said the emergence of satellite TV catapulted him and co-stars Richard Hammond and James May to worldwide fame.
Following their departure from the BBC, they have continued their car-themed travel shows and their global appeal with The Grand Tour.
Speaking to Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2, Clarkson said recognition came rapidly thanks to new technology.
"It happened very quickly. It was when we used to work at the Beeb," he said.
"Satellite television happened. One minute you were shown to a handful of Subaru enthusiasts in the north of England, then all of a sudden we started to be recognised everywhere, because the BBC is a global entity.
"We became quite well-known around the world. It was the most watched programme around the world."