'Top Gear' Season 17 Comes to BBC America on August 22

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July 21st, 2011

via press release:

 

SET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING - Top Gear SEASON 17 REVS UP FOR ITS

U.S. PREMIERE ON BBC AMERICA

 

This August, fans of Top Gear will be purring with contentment when BBC AMERICA brings the U.S. premiere of the world’s biggest car show back for its 17th season.  Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond return with witty and unabashedly honest commentary on the latest auto releases, and will no doubt be getting themselves – and each other – into trouble with new challenges, stunts and special features. The ‘Boys’ will test everything from the Aston Martin to electric powered cars and fulfill a lifetime dream of riding around the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.  Bob Geldof, comedian Rowan Atkinson and Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel are just some of the guests taking part in ‘The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’. Top Gear premieres Monday, August 22, 9:00pm ET/PT.

In the new season, Clarkson celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type by driving a modern, $800,000 interpretation of this classic sports car before putting on a typically low key birthday party involving live music, classic fighter planes and a group of Royal Marines. The ‘Boys’ take a trip to Italy to try out station wagons around the winding roads of Italy, before moving on to the Grand Prix circuit of Monaco.

Other features in the new season include the hosts comparing second hand bargains with Britain’s cheapest brand new car, the Nissan Pixo.  James May gets to test the durability of the Range Rover Evoque by driving it through California’s Death Valley, before testing it for luxury by turning up to Las Vegas with a megastar – but is it really Cher?  Season 17 also sees the team attempt to make train travel cheaper, faster and more interesting with a hare-brained scheme involving camper vans and a specially modified car, as well as a trip to the beach in a couple of electric cars.

BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy, four Golden Globes and ten Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 68 million homes.  It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist.

 

 

CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS

Presenters                    Jeremy Clarkson (Clarkson, Speed, Jeremy Clarkson: Greatest Raid of All Time)
Richard Hammond
(Blast Lab, Engineering Connections, Petrolheads)

James May (James May on the Moon, James May at the Edge of Space, Top Toys)

 

Executive Producer      Andy Wilman (Jeremy Clarkson: Greatest Raid of All Time, Speed)

 

 

EPISODE SYNOPSIS

 

EPISODE 1

Jeremy Clarkson celebrates the 50th birthday of the Jaguar E-type. He drives a modern, $800,000 interpretation of this classic sports car before putting on a typically low key birthday party involving live music, classic fighter planes and a group of Royal Marines.

 

Meanwhile, Richard Hammond is in South Africa to test a bigger, even more rugged alternative to the famous Hummer, while James May meets up with gold medal winning British Olympian Amy Williams for a wintry test of the latest Mini rally car.

 

Plus, the power crazed BMW 1-series M is on the test track and another top celebrity guest takes their place in the Reasonably Priced Car.

 

EPISODE 2

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are in Italy to take part in a series of tricky challenges and increasingly loud arguments as they attempt to find the world's best station wagon. With Clarkson in the Citroen DS3 Racing, Hammond championing the Fiat 500C Abarth and May making the case for the Renaultsport Clio Cup, the trio attempt to navigate their way around Italian towns and take part in a scavenger hunt before heading up to Monte Carlo where they're faced with a surprise test of their cars' performance.

 

Also in this show, Jeremy is out on the track in the McLaren MP4-12C supercar, while comedian Ross Noble is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

 

EPISODE 3

Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond look at some amazing second hand bargains that match the price of Britain’s cheapest brand new car, the $11,000 Nissan Pixo. Meanwhile, James May tests the toughness of the new Range Rover Evoque by driving it through California’s Death Valley and then gauges its stylishness by driving a surprise guest across Las Vegas. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a full track test of the incredible McLaren MP4-12C as it meets its deadliest supercar rival, the Ferrari 458. Plus, reigning Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

 

EPISODE 4

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May attempt to make train travel cheaper, faster and more interesting by replacing the conventional carriages and locomotive with a series of campers attached to a specially modified car. It’s either the world’s most ingenious idea or the prelude to the world’s biggest accident. Also in this show, Jeremy is out on the track comparing the rip-snorting Jaguar XKR-S to the recently updated Nissan GT-R while British comedy legend Rowan Atkinson is this week’s star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

 

EPISODE 5

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are challenged to knock down a row of derelict houses in less time than it takes a team of demolition experts to do the same job. Meanwhile, Jeremy tests an updated version of the classic Jensen Interceptor and finds himself transported back to a 1970s world of leather driving gloves and droopy moustaches. Also in this show, the incredible Lotus T125 brings F1-style performance to the track and another celebrity guest tries their hand in the Reasonably Priced Car.

 

EPISODE 6

Jeremy Clarkson and James May embark on a trip to the British beach in two new electric cars, taking in an impromptu and thoroughly informative visit to Lincoln along the way. Meanwhile, Richard Hammond meets the world’s most extraordinary rally team and another celebrity guest hits the track in the Reasonably Priced Car. Plus, the new brand new Lamborghini Aventador flexes its muscles on the track.

 
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