Top Gear

British television show about motoring, began in 1977. Editions: 1977-2001, 2002-2015, 2016-2022

Top Gear is a television show on the BBC. The show is all about cars and other vehicles. They test new cars to see how fast they go. They also test really old cars and do crazy stuff with them. They usually rate cars that the normal person wouldn't be able to afford. The show started as a regular car show but has changed over time to what it is now. It uses comedy to attract viewers which are now estimated to be 350 million.

Top Gear
GenreMotoring
Presented byJeremy Clarkson (1977-2022)
Richard Hammond (1977-2022)
James May (1977-2022)
The Stig
Jason Dawe (2002-2015)
Opening theme"Jessica"
Composer(s)Dickey Betts
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series78
No. of episodes794 and 15 specials
Production
Producer(s)Andy Wilman (2002-2015)
Production location(s)Dunsfold Park, Guildford, Surrey
Running time60 min. (approx.)
Production company(s)BBC
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Release
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format4:3 (1977-1999)
16:9 (2000-2022)
Audio formatMono (1977-1980)
Dolby Stereo (1981-1990)
Dolby Surround (1991-2002)
Dolby Digital (2003-2022)
First shown in1977 – 2022
Original release22 April 1977 –
18 December 2022
Other websites
Website
Production website

Segments change

Races change

The show often has long distance races. They usually race a fast car against a different form of transportation like trains and boats. They are called 'epic' races. They also have smaller races where they match up cars of different times to see which one outperforms the other.

Challenge change

The challenge part of the show is about different stunts of the most ridiculous things the show can come up with. One time they jumped a bus over a row of motorcycles (instead of the motorcycle jumping over buses). Recently, the show has started using the phrase "How hard can it be?" for the challenge segment. They put themselves in different situations that a normal person probably wouldn't get a chance to experience.

Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car change

Once during every episode (except some specials) they bring a celebrity on stage. They show footage of the celebrity driving an average car around a racetrack. They put the time it took for them to complete a lap of the track on a board with the names of all of the other celebrities who drove the same course.

Power Laps change

Power laps are one lap around the Top Gear Test Track. They will take any car that can drive and will see how fast it can make it around the track. The vehicles must be cars and they must be road legal.

Other websites change