For the first time, South African viewers will be able to watch the new series of Top Gear on BBC Entertainment within minutes of it airing in the UK. The latest season of Top Gear will premiere at 20:00 on January 25.
Exclusive to BBC Entertainment, this new extended series will see Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on explosive form. Amongst other adventures, the trio attempt to reinvent the ambulance, investigate the strange world of classic car ownership, take part in a nail-biting race across St Petersburg and set off on an epic road trip through the wilds of Australia.
Also in this series, Clarkson and May look at the highs and lows of one of France’s biggest car makers, Hammond pays a dramatic tribute to the dying days of the Land Rover Defender and Clarkson makes up his mind about the BMW i8 hybrid on a trip to buy some fish & chips.
Meanwhile, out on the test track there’s a scorching line-up of fast cars including the Lamborghini Huracan, the Mercedes AMG GT, the Jaguar F-type R, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Porsche Cayman GTS.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the series starts with a sensational special in which the presenters pay tribute to the V8 engine with an epic and arduous trip to the very tip of South America.
Kully Kaur-Bains, Head of Programming Africa, BBC Worldwide comments: “We know how much our audience loves Top Gear and we’re excited to be bringing them even closer to the action by airing the very latest series at the same time as the UK.”
Top Gear fans can whet their appetites for the new series with a new two-part Top Gear Patagonia Special – an epic road trip through South America with Clarkson, Hammond and May. The special features the most gruelling car exploits yet, as the boys take three V8 sports cars on a 1600-mile trek through Patagonia. Top Gear Patagonia Special will premiere on BBC Entertainment as a double bill on Sunday January 18th at 18:40.
The usual habitat for a Porsche 928, a Lotus Esprit and a Ford Mustang is the civilized world of tarmac, but in the hands of Clarkson, May and Hammond, these three sports-bred machines face swamps, deserts, forests, beaches and ski slopes as they try to get to the southernmost city in the world, in order to stage an epic game of car soccer against Argentina. Along the way there are broken bones, epic backdrops, mechanical calamities and cows, plus a climax that wasn’t exactly the one that was expected.