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Top Gear

Premier :: 2002-10-20

Airs :: Sunday 8:00 PM on BBC Two

Genre :: Comedy
9.3/10


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Summary

Top Gear is a BAFTA, multi-NTA and International Emmy Award-winning BBC television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars. It began in 1977 as a conventional motoring magazine show. Over time, and especially since a relaunch in 2002, it has developed a quirky, humorous style. The show is currently presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and test driver The Stig. The programme is estimated to have 350 million viewers worldwide.1 First run episodes are broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two. Top Gear is also shown on Dave, BBC America, RTÉ Two in Ireland, Special Broadcasting Service in Australia, and a number of other television channels around the world. The popularity of the show has led to the creation of two international versions, with local production teams and presenters for Australia and Russia. Episodes of the Australian version premiered on 29 September 2008 and NBC was holding the American version for broadcast in February or March 2009, as a possible mid-season replacement, but was later cancelled.23 The show has received acclaim for its visual style and presentation, as well as considerable criticism for its content and comments made by presenters. Columnist A. A. Gill described the show as "a triumph of the craft of programme-making, of the minute, obsessive, musical masonry of editing, the french polishing of colourwashing and grading".4 Pressure groups such as the Environmental Investigation Agency have accused the BBC of allowing the Top Gear team to cause damage to environmentally sensitive areas, such as the Makgadikgadi salt pan in Botswana 5 despite the fact that Botswana's then Vice President and current President, Seretse Ian Khama, met the team and displayed no qualms regarding the trio's journey across the flats.

Latest Episode

Series 22 - Episode 6 - Lexus RC F Coupe
Aired - 01 March 2015

Episode summary:

In this episode of the world's biggest car programme, Richard Hammond is dropped into the remote, frozen wastes of Canada to test a watch with a built-in emergency beacon. Normally, activating the device would summon a vast international rescue crew, but in Hammond's case, the distress signal is sent directly to Jeremy Clarkson and James May who are disorganised, disinterested and very many miles away. Eventually, the pair get their hands on two machines they believe are suitable for the job and set off on an epic adventure to find their colleague. Also in this show, Clarkson is on the track in the new 471-horsepower Lexus RC F coupe whilst star of The Fall and The X-Files Gillian Anderson tries her hand in the Reasonably Priced Car.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 99

+ Episode - 85 60 Minutes Aired - 24 October 2010
+ Episode - 77 Clarkson - Duel Aired - 02 November 2009
+ Episode - 76 Clarkson - Thriller Aired - 03 November 2008
+ Episode - 70 Clarkson - Shootout Aired - 10 November 2003
+ Episode - 29 Revved Up Aired - 06 June 2005
+ Episode - 24 Best of Season 14 Aired - Air date unknown.

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Written by :- thetvking Date added 2013-01-27 00:00:00 View more Top Gear.
A Top Gear news item imageTop Gear returns tonight for series 19 on BBC TWo and BBC HD tonight at 8PM. Series 19 contains 7 episodes and will see the 3 amigos return with adventures ranging from the USA to Africa.  In Episode - 1 World's Smallest Car, Jeremy attempts to build the world's smallest car. Even smaller than the Peel P50, then tests it out around the streets of London. Then in a bit of BBC cross promo...read more
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Written by :- George Worth Date added 2011-06-26 00:00:00 View more Top Gear.
A Top Gear reviews item imageWatch Top Gear online here.   Anyone who knows me will understand how much I love Top Gear. I myself am a massive fan of anything to do with cars, and anything Clarkson. He is a sort of idol of mine. I love his outspoken way of doing things and I own every book and DVD he’s every sold. (I promise I’m not obsessed … I swear.) But Clarkson isn’t the only one in the sh...read more
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