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Top Gear

  • Season 20
  • 6 episodes
  • Lifestyle

Summary

Motoring news and views from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

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Episode 1: Top Gear

Summary

Jeremy Clarkson and James May head to New Zealand to take part in a race along the coastline to the tip of the North Island - with one behind the wheel of a car and the other in an America's Cup yacht. Back in the UK, Richard Hammond tries out three hot hatches as he puts the Renaultsport Clio 200, Peugeot 208 GTi and Ford Fiesta ST through their paces, and a host of stars including Warwick Davis, Charles Dance and Joss Stone assemble at the test track to welcome a new Reasonably Priced Car.

Review

With series 20 on the starting line tonight, it’s interesting to look back at series one episode one from 2002, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and, er, Jason Dawe. In an echoey aircraft hangar, a handful of scruffy blokes were scattered round to resemble an audience. Clarkson looked almost gangly. Hammond sounded like a schoolboy. The Stig was referred to as “it”. And they tested a Citroën Berlingo. The show felt awkward and rickety and nothing like the first stirrings of a world-conquering, culture-defining, opinion-dividing TV phenomenon.

But that’s what it became, and now we can enjoy its latest feats as the series opens with a challenge that pits Clarkson in a mystery car against James May in a superyacht on a race up the coast of New Zealand.

How to watch

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterJames May
PresenterRichard Hammond
PresenterJeremy Clarkson
GuestWarwick Davis
GuestCharles Dance
GuestJoss Stone

Crew

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Executive producerAndy Wilman

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  • Episode 1

    Top Gear

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    Summary

    Jeremy Clarkson and James May head to New Zealand to take part in a race along the coastline to the tip of the North Island - with one behind the wheel of a car and the other in an America's Cup yacht. Back in the UK, Richard Hammond tries out three hot hatches as he puts the Renaultsport Clio 200, Peugeot 208 GTi and Ford Fiesta ST through their paces, and a host of stars including Warwick Davis, Charles Dance and Joss Stone assemble at the test track to welcome a new Reasonably Priced Car.

    Review

    With series 20 on the starting line tonight, it’s interesting to look back at series one episode one from 2002, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and, er, Jason Dawe. In an echoey aircraft hangar, a handful of scruffy blokes were scattered round to resemble an audience. Clarkson looked almost gangly. Hammond sounded like a schoolboy. The Stig was referred to as “it”. And they tested a Citroën Berlingo. The show felt awkward and rickety and nothing like the first stirrings of a world-conquering, culture-defining, opinion-dividing TV phenomenon.

    But that’s what it became, and now we can enjoy its latest feats as the series opens with a challenge that pits Clarkson in a mystery car against James May in a superyacht on a race up the coast of New Zealand.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    channeltimestatus

    Dave

    Dave
    -

    Dave

    Dave
    -

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | HD | SUB | WIDE | AD

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterJames May
    PresenterRichard Hammond
    PresenterJeremy Clarkson
    GuestWarwick Davis
    GuestCharles Dance
    GuestJoss Stone

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerAndy Wilman

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