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Season 20 Episode 3

Series 20 Episode 3

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jul 14, 2013 on BBC Two
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The boys travel to Spain in an attempt to ease the country's struggling economy. How they think think they can do this driving the Ferrari 458, Audi R8 V10 and the McLaren MP4-12C spyders, turning a Madrid town into a street circuit, drag racing on an abandoned runway and cruising the mountain roads is anyone's guess.

Benedict Cumberbatch is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The 'ghost town' featured in this episode is Residencial Francisco Hernando, Seseña. It lies 20 miles/31 kilometres south of Madrid. The original plan was to build 13,500 dwellings. However, the economic crisis lead to only 5,000 being completed.

    • The airport featured in this episode is the Ciudad Real Central Airport in Ciudad Real. It is 227 km/141 miles south of Madrid.


      The failure of the airport to survive as a going concern is attributed to bad planning and over-optimistic passenger demand.


      The airport cost  €1.1bn to construct and opened in 2009. It closed in April 2012 with debts of €300.

    • Viewing figures: 4.12m (19.6%).


      These are 'overnight' figures. They do not include iPlayers statistics and will be lower than the 'official' figure.

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    • Jeremy Clarkson: "You know the Lord  Howard of Effingham chicane"?


      Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham (1536 – 14 December 1624) was the Lord High Admiral under Elizabeth I and James I. He was commander of the English forces during the battles against the Spanish Armada.

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