Top Gear

Season 21 Episode 3

Series 21 Episode 3

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2014 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary


Jeremy, James and Richard embark on a road trip in three small cars to Ukraine. Jeremy has chosen to make the journey in a Volkswagen Up!, Richard drives the Ford Fiesta and James - realising a long-held ambition - drives the Dacia Sandero. During their visit they travel to the Crimean Peninsula and the even more infamous Chernobyl.

Meanwhile, back at the Top Gear test track, Jeremy drives the Zenvo ST1 - a Danish supercar.

James Blunt is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.


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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Audience figures: 5.5 million (20.3% audience share).

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

        Official figures: 6.87m (22.2% audience share).

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that, this week, he's wearing two layers of Nomex. And that on a recent trip to Cornwall, he stopped-off for one of his special big wees in Somerset. All we know is he's called The Stig.

      • James May: Bit of turbo boost, bit of traction control light. That means I'm having fun and I'm on the ragged edge.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: You know this is Danish and it's orange and genetically flawed? I'm surprised they haven't called it The Giraffe... and shot it.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Unlike the Ford and the Dacia, the Up! Exclamation mark, doesn't have a turbo charger. But even so, it feels like a determined sperm.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: Now my guest tonight is the only British musician who drive a tank, fire a mortar and strip an assault rifle - apart from Posh Spice, obviously.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Jeremy Clarkson: "You know this is Danish and it's orange and genetically flawed? I'm surprised they haven't called it The Giraffe... and shot it".

        In February 2014, staff at Copenhagen Zoo courted controversy when the destroyed a young giraffe [named Marius]. The animal was destroyed in order to avoid in-breeding. Despite several zoos across Europe offering to home the giraffe, it was destroyed and its carcass cut up and fed to the zoo's lions.

        The zoo's scientific director, Bengt Holst, defended the destruction of the animal when he told the BBC in London "giraffes had to be selected to ensure the best genes were passed down to ensure the long-term survival of the species".

        Animal rights campaigners described the move as barbaric and accused the zoo of being unethical.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: "The Crimean War may have been unfathomable - nobody really knew why it started... it gave us Florence Nightingale."

        Florence Nightingale [12th May 1820 - 13th August 1910] was a nurse during the Crimean War. She attained the nickname 'The Lady with the Lamp' because she would do rounds of the hospital wards at night.

        She is credited with founding modern nursing and founded a nursing school at St. Thomas' Hospital, London, in 1860. International Nurses Day is celebrated, worldwide, on her birthday.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: "The Crimean War may have been unfathomable - nobody really knew why it started...  but the legacy is enormous".

        The Crimean War was a conflict between Russia and an alliance of France, Sardinia, Britain and the Ottoman Empire. Despite being a Neutral country, Austria also had a role in this alliance.

        The Ottoman Empire was in decline and France and Britain were not prepared to allow Russia to expand at its expense

        The conflict began in October 1853 and ended in February 1856. It is estimated that between 300,000 - 375,000 people lost their lives in the conflict.

      • Jeremy Clarkson: "The town in question is called Chernobyl".

        On the 26th April 1986, a power surge in reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, caused an explosion which ruptured the reactor, exposing its radioactive core, resulting in the release of radioactive fall-out into the atmosphere.

        News of the accident only came to light two days later, after workers at the Forsmark Nuclear Plant in Sweden [1,100km/680 miles away] discovered radioactive particles on their clothing. After checking their own reactors and finding them to be in good order, the search for the source of the radioactive particles lead them to the U.S.S.R.

        On the 28th April 1986, 49,000 inhabitants of the nearby city of Pripyat were evacuated. It is estimated that the area will be unfit for Human habitation for 20,000 years.

        The number of deaths caused by the accident is widely disputed and ranges from 4,000 to 27, 000. The official Soviet death toll is 31.