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Top Gear

Season 9 Episode 1

Series 9 Episode 1

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 28, 2007 on BBC Two
out of 10
User Rating
80 votes

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Episode Summary

Four months after Richard's 'upside down' thing, Top Gear returns. To get things going, the Jaguar XKR is compared to the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. After spending so many years zooming along the roads of Britain, the lads turn their hands to mending them by trying to do a week's worth of roadworks in 24 hours. Also, the 288mph jet car crash which left Richard fighting for his life in September 2006, a crash from which he has made a complete recovery - hurrah! Jamie Oliver is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.moreless

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  • What an amazing episode, fun start to the new series with a lot of respect and kudos to richard hammond!

    Superb episode... Very funny start to the show but also very touching with Jeremy saying that there was a time when he didn't think he would be introducing richard hammond again. Glad they didn't pack the whole episode with stuff about hammond's crash. Clarkson was right with what he said about showing the crash at the end of the show, i feel if they'd shown it at the start it would have put a dampner on the rest of the episode. Loved the roadworks feature, very very funny and some interesting observations too about roadworks in britain! Some of Clarkson's speeches very hilarious! And then there was the crash... It was handled perfectly. If they had been to serious it would have been shocking. If it were treated like a joke no message would have got through. However, a combination of humour and seriousness worked well and proved to be an amazing viewing experience!!moreless
  • I will always remember this episode.

    This episode was very special to me and I am sure it was to all you other regular Top Gear viewers and fans.

    The special part was that it was the first episode we saw after Richards horrific crash. This crash nearly ended his life, and also threatened to put Top Gear out of business( well according to the news anyway). It even hit the news headlines multiple times over here in New Zealand.

    The best part was that it gave us more inside information about the crash, becuase from the news, I didnt get many details about it, and also gave us the footage that we were waiting for.

    As i said before, i will always remember this one.moreless
  • new series of Top Gear returns

    Wow! it was worth the wait of god knows how many months! As much as Richard Hammond annoys me when on Top Gear, it touched everyone when he crashed the jet powered car. It was good to see that he hadn't lost his cheeky charm or anything. Jeremy's comment saying that he wasn't letting Hammond drive any of the fast cars shows that it is all back to normal and we have the old ways of the presenters back. Seeing the Aston Martin was definetly a highlight of the episode. How can you not have Top Gear without an Aston Martin of some kind?

    I am so glad its back and can't wait to see all of the other episodes in the series. I have waited far too long for this series but it was worth the waitmoreless
  • The Top Gear boys are back after Hamster's crash 5 months ago!

    What a brilliant way to kick start a series! Richard Hammond walking down the stairs with those dancers made me laugh so much, yet I had a proud tear in my eye after what Hamster went through. The main feature in the episode goes into the Hall of Fame in Top Gear along with "The Apache Incident" and "The Caravan Holiday". The challenge was to try and build a road in 24 hours. All Jeremy did was be a complete pillock wandering around with his megaphone with his "Motivational speeches" whilst a cameraman puts a sudden stop to a Quarry factory. It was crazy when Jeremy's megaphone was squashed under a steamroller after James May threw it on the floor. However, Jeremy gets his revenge when he throws May's dinner under a steamroller with the cheeky comment "That one all, James".

    What a great way to start a series! Keep up the good work, Top Gear!moreless
  • The Hamster is back

    I would have given this episode a ten were it not for the incredibly drawn out and eventually tedious sequence of resurfacing a road somewhere near Stratford on Avon.

    You can only watch Jeremy Clarkson gabbing into a megaphone for so long.

    Apart from that, creme de la creme. The reintroduction of Richard Hammond was obviously the emotional high point - and brain injury charities can get lost! The bit with the tissues was a bit of fun and referred to the fact that the newspapers were saying he would be a vegetable, not a commentary on brain injury victims who remain in a coma.

    Does noone have a sense of humour?

    Footage of the accident was tastefully done - especially hilarious was the pre accident footage of the Hamster making some cheeky comment about being in a really big crash. Some people make jokes about things which are sad an emotional. Ignore the naysayers, the footage was shown in a taseteful way, it does NOT glamorise speeding nor does watching the footage make even the most idiotic teenager want to go out and copy.

    Jamie Oliver is ok but when is Daniel Craig going to come on the show and prove that he really can drive?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This episode of Top Gear was watched by an average of 7.9 million people. The audience peaked at 8.6 million viewers - the highest figure the programme has achieved. The previous best was 5.3 million [series 8 - episode 8].

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [referring to Richard's jet-car crash] I could've held it.
      Richard Hammond: What, in the world's longest power slide? Whilst telling us the price and there was no room in the boot?

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [one of Jeremy's 'motivational' speeches'] This is not the end. This is not the beginning. this is not the beginning of the end...

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say he once threw a microwave oven at a tramp. And that long before anyone else, he realised that Jade Goody was a racist, pig-faced waste of blood and organs. [laughs] All we know is he's called the Stig.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Anyway, listen, this is the big question I guess everybody wants to know. Ready? Are you now a mental?
      Richard Hammond: No! I'm not! I'm fixed! I'm completely fixed and normal and healed thank you. What are you doing?
      James May: Well you know it's a, it's a tissue for if you start dribbling.
      Richard Hammond: That's all I've had for four months.
      James May: What, tissues?
      Richard Hammond: No! People hanging around just watching, waiting for my eyes to point in different direction and me to go bonkers. I'm fixed. I'm normal.
      Jeremy Clarkson Are you the same person that you were before?
      Richard Hammond: Yes. I mean the doctors were worried because it's brain damage - about you know, personality change or whatever, but no, the only difference between me now and me before the crash, is I like celery now and didn't...
      Jeremy Clarkson: So you're still shouty and you're still fighty?
      Richard Hammond: Yes.
      James May: And if I take you to the pub are you still going to want to punch me in the face after fifteen minutes?
      Richard Hammond: Yes. Though that's to be honest, more your personality than mine.
      Jeremy Clarkson: I always want to punch him in the face after fifteen minutes. Sometimes less.

    • Richard Hammond: [Richard's prophetic words to camera before his accident] So my challenge today is to drive this thing. Except that's not the full story because my challenge today is to drive this thing and hit this innocent-looking little button. Because when I do that, it sends a flame shooting through the engine which ignites the afterburner and when that happens, I haven't got 5,000 horse power, I've got 10,000 horse power and possibly the biggest accident you've ever seen in your life.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Oi, James!
      James May: What!?
      Jeremy Clarkson: If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing quickly.
      James May: No! Well.
      Jeremy Clarkson: Quickly.
      James May: Well.
      Jeremy Clarkson: Quickly.
      James May: Well.
      Jeremy Clarkson: Quickly.
      James May: Well.

    • Richard Hammond: [explaining his problem driving the Planer] What's happened is, it goes in a bit of a straight line.
      Jeremy Clarkson: Yeah.
      Richard Hammond: And then when you try and turn it back in, it stalls. So I'm trying to get it back to this edge...
      Jeremy Clarkson: Well just give it more power.
      Richard Hammond: There's a Clarkson answer to a problem.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Stig's Lap Time:

      Jaguar XKR: 1.34.7 (wet)

    • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car Lap Time:

      Jamie Oliver: 1.47.68 (melted snow)

      TV Chef Jamie, is loved by parents for his campaign to remove unhealthy, poor quality food from the menu in schools. And Hated by kids for making them eat veg. Once crashed his scooter into Oprah Winfrey (sort of). What a boy!


    • Jeremy Clarkson: "This is not the end. This is not the beginning. this is not the beginning of the end..."

      Jeremy is paraphrasing a speech made by Winston Churchill  at the Lord Mayor's Day Luncheon at the Mansion House in November 1942.

      Churchill's exact words are: "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning".

      The speech was made after the Eighth Army's victory against Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: In the immortal words of Basil Fawlty: "Oh spiffing!"

      Basil Fawlty was a character played by John Cleese in the BBC2 sitcom Fawlty Towers.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say he once threw a microwave oven at a tramp and that long before anyone else, he realised that Jade Goody was a racist, pig-faced waste of blood and organs. [Laughs] All we know is he's called the Stig.

      Jade Goody was a contestant of the reality show Celebrity Big Brother. She became embroiled in a race row with the Indian Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty. After her eviction from the Big Brother house, Goody faced great public condemnation for her bullying of Shetty. On the same night that this episode of Top Gear was broadcast, Shilpa Shetty won Celebrity Big Brother with 63% of the votes cast.