Top Gear

Season 16 Episode 0

Middle East Special

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 26, 2010 on BBC Two
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The boys find themselves in Iraq - this can only go well... their challenge is to drive to Bethlehem, presumably, without getting killed or making the region even more unstable. The topography suggests 4x4s are the best vehicles to use, but the boys, being they way they are, think a Mazda MX5, BMW Z3 and a Fiat Barchetta will suffice.

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      • The viewing figures for this episode: 6.4m (23.5%). The episode was repeated the following day and was watched by 2.7m (10.3%).

    • QUOTES (7)

      • James May: I don't like to wake a man up just for some petrol. Especially if I accidentally call him a b**tard.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Can I just say, if I'm kidnapped, I don't want to hear any of this 'well you know we don't give in to kidnap demands'. Just pay. I don't want to be beheaded on the Internet.

      • James May: I wish, actually, that the Astra would stop just driving right behind me. He's made his point, I've triumphed over him, so he can sod off, frankly.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: As we crawled along, I had a brainwave which I was eager to share. So we pulled over at an underground market which had a waterfall and a river in it.

      • James May: There is a place reserved in Hell for the man who put that gearbox in that car. And its the ratios. It's a case of many are called, but few are chosen. And many who are first shall be fourth. And many who are third will actually kick-down into second.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Top Gear tradition dictates that we should leave Hammond to fend for himself. And in this, vast, lifeless desert, that's what we decided to do.

      • Richard Hammond: I don't think we can deny it, the desert has taken its toll on our team. One man down, Jeremy's been bitten by something and his arm's rotting off... it's a beating.

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      • James May: Soon, though, things began to get tricky for Hilda Ogden.


        Hilda Ogden was a character in the British soap opera Coronation Street. Hilda was famous for wearing a head scarf.


        Actress, Jean Alexander played the part of Hilda Ogden for 24 years between 1964 and 1987.

      • James May: Remember they were saying 'will there ever be another Keith Floyd'?


        Keith Floyd was a TV chef and restaurateur. He made many cookery programmes  - mostly for the BBC - between 1981 and 2001. He died in September 2009.

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