The BBC will screen footage of Richard Hammond’s crash in the new series of Top Gear, according to Jeremy Clarkson.

It is likely to be included in the first show on January 28. The TV star had a miraculous escape when he crashed a 300mph jet-powered dragster while filming a stunt for the programme in September.

“Half the world wants to see the crash so I’m sure we’ll show it,” Jeremy told The Sun. “We’re looking into whether we’ve enough footage of a good quality to show it. I imagine we’ll be using it in the first show.”

Richard himself – who has no memory of the crash – is happy for the scenes to be broadcast.

Jeremy said: “Richard has no idea what happened to him so he’ll be as keen as everyone else to see it.”

The new series will feature 35 daredevil stunts including the launch of a home-made space shuttle. A BBC spokesman said a final decision on the footage is yet to be made.