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Top Gear

Series 21 - Episode 1

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Review

Yes, Top Gear is back for a 21st series, and, stationed alongside Midwife in the BBC schedules, it presents a formidable double-headed Sunday-night ratings monster. Clarkson, Hammond and May begin their new run with an attempt to prove that hot hatchbacks were better in the old days. Their challenges lead to an old Army base where they must take on the heavily armed (and, by the looks of it, armoured) Top Gear Police Department. 

Meanwhile, for a touch of sophistication, Lord Grantham himself Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. Will he have a chauffeur?

Summary

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May immerse themselves in nostalgia and try to prove that hot hatches from their younger days are better than today's equivalents. Jeremy grabs the keys to a Volkswagen Golf GTI, Richard takes the wheel of a Vauxhall Nova SRi and James May opts for the Ford Fiesta XR2i, and the trio set off on a road trip that includes a hill climb and a visit to a supermarket. However, their adventure concludes at an army training ground in Wales, where they and their steeds must face the heavily armed Top Gear Police Department. Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville blasts the Reasonably Priced Car around the test track.

Cast & Crew

Presenter James May
Presenter Richard Hammond
Presenter Jeremy Clarkson
Guest Hugh Bonneville
Executive Producer Andy Wilman
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