Top Gear and Louis Theroux's documentary delays leave viewers furious

Caitlin Butler
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Tonight's coverage of Wimbledon on BBC2 has caused some big problems with the timing of Top Gear and Louis Theroux's new documentary on the Westboro Baptist Church – and viewers aren't happy.

The broadcaster's coverage of the women's doubles tennis game meant the two shows were pushed back, with both Top Gear and Theroux's Surviving America's Most Hated Family delayed by over 20 minutes.

The delay wasn't a complete surprise, as the BBC had confirmed on Twitter that Top Gear would air after the tennis final.

But the length of the delay had viewers taking to Twitter to complain about missing their favourite car show.

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And those who tuned in to watch the documentary on straight after were also pretty surprised (not to mention annoyed) at not hearing Louis' deadpan tones until well after 9pm – the original start time.

Many viewers were not happy with watching Will Young chat to Freddie Flintoff and company instead of seeing Louis interview the infamous anti-homosexual group in his trademark style.

Even Louis himself wondered what was going on, seemingly as confused by the delay as everyone else watching at home.

We guess it isn't surprising that people were baffled – there's not a huge amount of similarity between the two programmes.

Top Gear, the tennis and Louis' film are all over now, though – so hopefully we shouldn't see any more delays to programming any time soon.

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