Top Gear presenter, James May, never quite got over his childhood ambitions and so the BBC have created a reality TV series in which the 46-year-old can indulge in some of his obsessions. In the latest showing of James May's Toy Story, he decided to build a life-size Airfix model of the Supermarine Spitfire.
However, this has sparked a row over TV celebrities being allowed to relive their childhood all at the licence-payers expense. A BBC spokesman told In Seine News "We can justify the expense in making such a programme because it is very educational and explains clearly the historical significance of not only the history of the Airfix model, but also the important role played in the Second World War by the Supermarine Spitfire."
However, other people are quite annoyed because the actual cost of making the programme was thought to be in the region of £½ million when you think of the number of film crew who took part; the number Airfix models that had to be purchased; the cost of a flight in a two-seater Spitfire; the hire of school buses; the supply of BBC food and not to mention, the actual cost of making the Spitfire - it all adds up.
A small group of protesters (very small, two of them actually) gathered outside the BBC headquarters to demonstrate against in the re-creation of dangerous weapons that glorify war. One protester, from Germany, claimed that the war did not happen at all, but another protester, whose father was a Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot who was killed in action in September 1940 disagreed and a fight broke out between them.
James May turned up to calm the situation. He jumped out of his bright red Porsche with his sheepskin flying jacket and leather flying helmet. He simply said; "Look guys! If it wasn't for the iconic Spitfire striking Hitler's war machine, we would never have had such an iconic object of beauty as this Porsche!
This seemed to calm their tempers somewhat as both protesters were forced to agree.