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28/04/2021 11:41 BST

‘Human Crash Test Dummy’ Presenter Suing BBC For £3.7m For Injuries Sustained During TV Experiment

Jem Stansfield says he has suffered whiplash and brain damage following his appearance on Bang Goes The Theory.

A TV host is suing the BBC for a reported £3.7 million after he sustained injuries when he volunteered to be a human crash test dummy.

Jem Stansfield took part in an experiment for the series Bang Goes The Theory in 2014, which saw him strapped to a specially-designed cart.

He was then catapulted towards a fake lamppost and was pulled forwards and backwards by the cart.

In a clip from the show, the presenter explains that he would be sent down the track into a makeshift lamppost, adding that he knew it wasn’t going to be a “wholly pleasant experience”.

The 46-year-old says that since he recorded the show he has disabling whiplash, brain damage, psychological scars and dizziness. 

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Jem Stansfield

According to The Sun, his lawyers told London’s High Court that his chances of recovery are “poor”, and claim he has lost out on a large number of earnings and “a career on the same level as Jeremy Clarkson”.

The BBC disputes the impact of his injuries and the payout figure, reportedly offering him two-thirds of his claim with a discount due to his “contributory negligence”.  

A BBC spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “We wouldn’t comment on legal matters but this is with our legal team and insurers.”  

Mr Stansfield has a degree in aeronautics from Bristol University and previously appeared as an on-screen ballistics expert for the show Scrapheap Challenge.