It's not easy for a show to last for fifteen seasons and still be entertaining, but Top Gear has managed it. The latest season, which ends this Sunday on BBC Two at 9:30pm, has provided the same levels of tantalising banter and ridiculous assignments that we've come to expect (and love) from the series. Admittedly, some of the tasked scenes were over-acted and obviously staged, as they have been before. Richard Hammond's man-made "motor home" setting alight and then harbouring lost sheep was definitely ...Read more
Joke about truck drivers and prostitutes doesn't go down well as new series of Top Gear starts.
Days after Russell Brand and Radio 2 boss, Lesley Douglas, resigned over complaints on a BBC radio show, the BBC are facing another barrage of criticism for overstepping the mark when it comes to comedy. So far, the broadcaster has received 517 complaints about remarks made by Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson regarding lorry drivers murdering prostitutes.
The comment was made during the first episode of the twelfth series, broadcast on BBC2 last night, in which Clarkson and his fellow presenters learnt to drive heavy goods vehicles.
"This is a hard job and I’m not just saying that to win favour with lorry drivers, it’s a hard job," he said. "Change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That's a lot ...Read more
The show, which was completely reinvented in the early noughties, topped a poll commissioned for Channel 4 for a special programme next week.
Snow Patrol hit Chasing Cars was named the top tune of the decade for another show on the station which looks back over the past 10 years in music.
C4 producers used new surveys to find the nation's preferred TV and chart hits rather than relying on sales and viewing figures.
BBC2's Top Gear was first broadcast in 1977 but BBC bosses grew tired of the format and decided in 2001 that it needed to be refreshed for the following year.
Many of the show's presenters defected to Five for the new Fifth Gear show, but by 2003 the BBC show had settled down with a line-up of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond ...Read more
The former Formula One driver took off the Stig's famous white helmet during an interview with presenter Jeremy Clarkson after the studio audience urged him to reveal his true identity.
Clarkson jokingly pretended not to recognise Schumacher and asked him what his name was before he became famous as the Stig, before excitedly shouting to the audience: "It's Michael Schumacher!"
The Stig test drives cars around the Top Gear track in Dunsfold Park, Surrey, and trains each week's guest for their lap for the Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car feature.
His identity has been a closely-guarded secret although many people have speculated that the famous white overalls and helmet are shared by several drivers.
Silly rumours about the Stig have been used to add to the mystery surrounding the character, who never speaks to camera.
In Sunday's show, Clarkson quizzed Schumacher about some of the rumours ...Read more
BBC2's popular motoring show briefly claimed that multi-award winning Formula One racer Michael Schumacher was the face behind Stig's infamous white driving helmet yesterday, in the opening episode of the show's thirteenth series.
Presenter Jeremy Clarkson pretended to unveil the true identity of Top Gear's anonymous test driver, potentially ending years of debate, saying: "He's been fed up with newspapers speculating that he's a photocopier salesman from Bolton, or lives in a pebble-dashed house in Bristol."
Entering the studio in full costume Schumacher unmasked himself--amid chants from the audience--as the mystery racer. He then sat down for an interview in which he spoke about his sporting career and shamelessly plugged his sponsor, Bacardi rum--who pay him to raise their profile.
Footage was shown later in the show of the F1 ...Read more
Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond get back behind the wheel this Sunday for another addition of their award-winning motoring show.
Having already pitted a number of improbable vehicles against one another the Top Gear team begin their latest series with another unusual motoring challenge: racing to Scotland in classic cars.
The presenters will be racing from London to Edinburgh--but in transport from 1949. May rides in a Jaguar XK120, Hammond on a Vincent Black Shadow motorbike and Clarkson on a steam train, which he has to fuel with coal.
This series the presenters are also expected to race a car against an air mail letter, and take a trip to the Middle East to test drive a supercar in the sand. The star-in-a-reasonably-priced-car challenge, which sees celebrities race against each other's top speeds on the Top Gear track, will also continue this Sunday.
In previous seasons ...Read more
The Top Gear presenter made the remark during the latest episode of the BBC Two show, The Grocer magazine reported, saying: "I'm not interested in food, so I'm not interested in cooking."
But Hammond has now spoken of his "love" of food, saying: "As everyone who has eaten at my house knows, my wife, Mindy, is the cook in my family - I love eating it and enjoying it but am reluctant to risk ruining it by cooking it myself.
He added: "My idea of good food is - and always has been - that it must be simple but it has to be top quality and fresh - that's why Mindy shops at our local Morrisons. In fact, she probably sees the butcher there more than me."
Hammond's original comment came during an on-air exchange with co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May ...Read more