Series 13 of Top Gear will start on SBS TV Monday, 31 August at 730pm. There are 7 episodes in this series, which was broadcast in the UK on BBC TV just over 2 months ago. Celebrity guests this series include Stephen Fry, Usain Bolt and Jay Leno
A highlight of this series is a race from London to Edinburgh between steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado with Jeremy riding in the cab of the train, James May in a Jaguar XK120 and Richard Hammond on a Vincent Black Shadow motorbike.
In 2005 Australia’s SBS Television licensed series of irreverent BBC motor magazine Top Gear from BBC Worldwide Australasia and started to air the show on Monday nights at 7:30PM alternating with Mythbusters throughout the year. Matt Campbell, SBS TV’ s network programmer, said of the pick-up: “Top Gear is a car show for grown-ups that takes car culture seriously, but not too seriously. It is a show with broad appeal.”
Many people have asked me if they can buy Top Gear on DVD or books by any of the Top Gear presenters
You can buy Top Gear Gifts: DVDs, Books, T-shirts and more including DVD’s like Top Gear Challenges, Top Gear Ultimate Collection, Top Gear Winter Olympics (series 7), Top Gear Revved Up and Top Gear Back in the Fast Lane, books by Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear tshirts and other merchandise.
Profiling super cars, stunts, time trials, celebrity races and road tests, the show is known for the acerbic wit of its presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. In the UK, Top Gear regularly attracts more than 5 million viewers (40% of them female) to BBC2, and is the channel’ s most-watched programme. Recently Series 9 attracted peak ratings of over 8 million viewers!!
Jeremy Clarkson’s irreverent style turned the motoring industry on its head when he first appeared on Top Gear series many years ago. A few things have changed over the years. The hair’s a bit thinner, the cowboy boots have gone and the Ferrari has been replaced by a Mercedes.
Thankfully, though, Clarkson is still more than capable of reducing car manufacturers to floods of tears with nothing more than a long pause and a few well considered words.
In November 2005, Top Gear won an International Emmy in the Non-Scripted Entertainment category. In the episode where the presenters showed the award to the studio audience, Clarkson joked that he was unable to go to New York to receive the award since he was too busy writing the script for Top Gear.
With its extraordinary popularity in the UK, the Top Gear presenters are a dominating force, making and breaking some car models with their recommendations and making manufacturers cringe.
Along with car tests and comparisons, news and reviews, all delivered with stinging wit and disarming honesty, Top Gear features the popular segment, Star in a Reasonably Priced Car – a segment enjoyed by both car enthusiasts and novices, when well-known celebrities try for the fastest lap on the race track. With its three presenters egged on by a studio audience, Top Gear is the most entertaining car show ever to appear on Australian television.
The Sydney Morning Herald TV Critic Ruth Ritchie reviewed Top Gear recently and concluded:
So what’s the best show on television? SBS’s Top Gear. Obviously. Not just for revheads, this unusual British show all about cars is a masterpiece of modern entertainment. Great ideas, executed with sensational production values, by utterly charming, credible hosts – it’s heaven. Witty, fast, irreverent, Top Gear is fuelled by genuine passion and enthusiasm. Not a blonde hair extension, dancing celebrity or forensic team in sight. Perfect TV.
Top Gear is estimated to have over 350 million viewers worldwide and airs globally on channels from Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Russia, Norway, Netherlands and Israel to the Philippines and New Zealand, as well as BBC international channels BBC Prime, BBC Asia and BBC Japan.
Series 9 was scheduled to air on BBC Two from 8 October however on 20 September 2006 Richard Hammond was seriously injured while driving a jet-propelled drag-racing car at 480+ km/h for a story being taped for series 9. Many people feared that the BBC would use the event as a chance to axe the series (as can be seen by the many comments on this page around that time), however to the relief of millions of fans the 6 episodes in Series 9 aired on BBC2 in early 2007.
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