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TV's Clarkson may get royal role
Jeremy Clarkson
Clarkson has made his name on the car show Top Gear
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been asked to host a forthcoming BBC documentary on Prince Charles.

The programme is expected to look at the prince's work and royal role rather than detail his private life, the BBC said.

A spokeswoman said the BBC was still in talks with royal representatives over this and several other programmes.

"It's so much in its very early stages. Nothing is definite. It has not even been given the green light," she said.

Clarkson is best known for the motoring show Top Gear, as well as other transport shows such as Extreme Machines.

1994 interview

He has also guest-presented the BBC's satirical news quiz Have I Got News for You, and took part in the Great Britons series, promoting the industrialist Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

It is thought the potential programme on Prince Charles will be used to promote the prince's official interests.

In 1994, the prince gave a controversial interview to ITV's Jonathan Dimbleby in the documentary The Private Man, The Public Role.

In the interview the prince admitted that he had committed adultery.

A spokesman from Clarence House, the prince's official residence, said: "We are continually look at ways in which to explain and illustrate the Prince of Wales's work and role and that of his organisations and charities."

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