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It is the BBC's biggest export, holding a Guinness World Record for being the most watched factual television programme in the world. Now, Top Gear has infiltrated the globe's most secretive dictatorial regime: North Korea.

That's right, Jezza, May and the other one will soon be gracing TV screens in the Democratic People's Republic, along with other BBC favourites Doctor Who and the Teletubbies.

The news will provide some respite for those with televisions in the country, as currently what passes for entertainment on the state-dominated airwaves is the slapstick comedy sketches of two soldiers in 'It's So Funny', with much of the remaining airtime being taken up by lectures on the greatness of the countries' young leader Kim Jong-un.

The news reportedly comes after months of negotiation with the British Government. The three shows have been selected by the regime as they are considered 'culturally acceptable'.

"Extensive enquiries have been made about what these three shows involve and if they would be suitable for the Korean people," a Pyongyang insider told the Independent on Sunday.

"Anything too political was not suitable but these are entertainment shows, and one of them is for young children."

However, as state broadcaster Korean Central Television is only on the air for six and a half hours every night, it is unclear just how much airtime the British programmes will get.

As with most other things, North Korea takes a hardline approach to television, with citizens banned from watching non-sanctioned programming. According to reports, 80 people were recently shot after being caught watching pirated copies of South Korean TV programmes.