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James May's Cars of the People

  • 2016
  • Season 2
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Lifestyle

Summary

James May discovers how the car became an everyday part of normal people's lives.

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Episode 2: James May's Cars of the People

Summary

James charts the history of 4x4 vehicles from the jeeps of the Second World war onwards, revealing how they rose in popularity in everyday use and in rallies. He explores the rivalry between Land Rover and Land Cruiser, and puts some classic vehicles through their paces by driving up Mount Fuji and through the Mojave desert.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the best edition of the series yet, full of bouncy rides and witty links and ponderable facts - like the claim that the first car seen by a third of the world's population is or was a Land Rover.

May pilots us through the story of how the go-anywhere 4x4 came to bestride the planet's roads and off-roads, starting with the Jeep (named after a Popeye character, probably) and ending with the Ford pick-up truck that has been the bestselling vehicle in America for the past 33 years. Along the way May charges a Range Rover through hills and desert “like a man late for the Fortnum & Mason sale”.

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  • Episode 2

    James May's Cars of the People

    Summary

    James charts the history of 4x4 vehicles from the jeeps of the Second World war onwards, revealing how they rose in popularity in everyday use and in rallies. He explores the rivalry between Land Rover and Land Cruiser, and puts some classic vehicles through their paces by driving up Mount Fuji and through the Mojave desert.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    This is the best edition of the series yet, full of bouncy rides and witty links and ponderable facts - like the claim that the first car seen by a third of the world's population is or was a Land Rover.

    May pilots us through the story of how the go-anywhere 4x4 came to bestride the planet's roads and off-roads, starting with the Jeep (named after a Popeye character, probably) and ending with the Ford pick-up truck that has been the bestselling vehicle in America for the past 33 years. Along the way May charges a Range Rover through hills and desert “like a man late for the Fortnum & Mason sale”.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterJames May

    Crew

    rolename
    Series directorTom Whitter
    Series producerTom Whitter
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