The world’s biggest motoring show is back, featuring an all-new presenter line-up and more petrol-powered action than ever before. Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc are joined by German racer Sabine Schmitz, YouTube star Chris Harris, BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan and motoring journalist Rory Reid to put the world’s finest cars from across the globe to the test. The new six-part series sees Top Gear’s new presenting team undertake a series of on- and off-road challenges: chauffeuring superstar musicians to the top of Africa in 4x4s, journeying across Britain in roofless three-wheelers, hitting the Rolls-Royce campaign trail in western Ireland, and battling off-road baddies in a car made of scaffolding. You’ll also find tests of the very latest cars, from Ferrari’s fearsome F12 TdF to the McLaren 675LT, from BMW’s pugnacious M2 to the screaming Aston Martin Vulcan. Plus, of course, the biggest celebrities tackling the all-new test track every week, and the return of Top Gear’s enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a race suit: The Stig.
First episode date: October 20, 2002
Theme song: Jessica
Presented by: Jeremy Clarkson, Jason Dawe, Richard Hammond, James May
Genre: Comedy, Talk-Show, Documentary, Automotive
Stars: Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May
This fast-paced and stunt-filled motor show tests whether cars, both mundane and extraordinary, live up to their manufacturers’ claims. The long-running show travels to locations around the world, performing extreme stunts and challenges to see what the featured cars are capable of doing. Celebrity guests appear on some episodes to help test the vehicles. Things don’t always go as planned, though, with broken bones and mechanical mishaps sometimes part of the experiments. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May hosted the show for more than a decade before giving way to a new crew in 2016, including actor Matt LeBlanc, TV personality Chris Evans and Formula One veteran Eddie Jordan.