Top Gear

Season 20 Episode 1

Series 20 Episode 1

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jun 30, 2013 on BBC Two
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Jeremy races a Toyota Corolla against James, in an America's Cup AC 45 yacht, along the coastline of New Zealand's North Island. Richard gets the sensible job of reviewing three hot hatchbacks: the Renaultsport Clio 200, Peugeot 208 GTI and the Ford Fiesta ST.

To celebrate the arrival of a new reasonably priced car, Jeremy and Richard host one of their delightful barbecues.


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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Audience figures: 4.7 million (20.3% share).

        These figures are 'overnights' and do not include viewing figures for the BBC iPlayer.

        The 'official' viewing figure was 5.55 million.

      • Sir Ben Ainslie is an English sailor. He has won four Olympic gold medals. His first came in the Laser class at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The other three were won in the Finn class in Athens 2004, China 2008 and London 2012.

        He was knighted in 2013 for his services to sailing.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that he has the world's largest collection of horse eggs. And that when he knocked Rafa Nadal out this week, it wasn't during a game of tennis. All we know is he's called the Stig.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: We begin in the 1980s. Er, back then hot hatchbacks were very, very popular - everybody wanted to steal one and perhaps that's why they went away.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Well anyway, the conclusion is that wind power is obviously great, but it does give you a face like a prostitute's front door.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Stig's Lap Times:

        Renaultsport Clio 200: 1:32.0
        Peugeot 208 GTI: 1:33.2
        Ford Fiesta ST: 1:32.7

      • Star(s) in a Reasonably Priced Car Lap Times:

        Charles Dance: 1:48.8
        Joss Stone: 1:48.9
        Warwick Davis: 1:46.8
        Brian Johnson: 1:45.1
        Jimmy Carr: 1:45.6
        David Haye: 1:46.7
        Rachel Riley: 1:48.5
        Mike Rutherford: 1:51.5

        Brian Johnson set the fastest time.

        The new reasonably priced car is a Vauxhall Astra Tech Line 1.6.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)