Returning: Top Gear

2013-06-14_0147Top Gear fans will get a brand new series in July, followed closely by the global television event Top Gear Week on BBC Knowledge in August.

This will include a one-off special from the Top Gear Festival – Sydney.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return to our screens with six new episodes of the world’s most popular car show, from Sunday July 7 at 7.30pm (AEST) on BBC Knowledge, first on Foxtel.

This new season of Top Gear sees the presenters in typically irreverent form, launching a highly scientific process to find the world’s fastest taxi and doing their bit for European economic turmoil by blasting across Spain in three ‘affordable’ supercars. The boys design a car that can turn into a hovercraft and investigate the popularity of ‘soft roader’ cars by turning into caravan enthusiasts!

The Top Gear team also drop in to visit our Kiwi cousins, where they race a car against an America’s Cup yacht up the coast of New Zealand.

In an epic celebration of the many brilliant machines currently made in Britain, Top Gear tests the Jaguar F-type, the Range Rover Sport and the new double decker Bus For London. Also hitting the test track are the BAC Mono, Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 GTI, Renaultsport Clio 200 and Mercedes SLS Black.

Hot on the heels of Top Gear Series 20 is Top Gear Week – a high-octane week of entertainment for the most passionate of Top Gear fans. Running from August 19-26, Top Gear Week will bring together classic Top Gear moments alongside brand new challenges in the special line-up of programmes including Top Gear’s Top 41, Top Gear Festival – Sydney and The Worst Car in the History of the World.

Tim Christlieb, Head of Programming and Production, BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand comments: “Top Gear is a global phenomenon, a firm favourite amongst our BBC Knowledge viewers and we can’t wait to premiere six fresh new episodes on the channel – express from the UK, first on Foxtel. Then comes Top Gear Week – a seven day celebration of the show jam-packed with brand new content from the Top Gear team every day. It’s a TV event being enjoyed by BBC Knowledge viewers all round the world, and we’re particularly excited to be bringing all of the action from Top Gear Festival – Sydney to audiences across Australia and the world, as well as Top Gear’s Top 41.”

Counting down across the week, Top Gear’s Top 41 does exactly what it says on the tin. Presented by Richard Hammond and brand new from the Top Gear team, it will bring together the 41 best moments of Top Gear across the years with a new segment of the countdown being revealed each night during Top Gear Week.

Top Gear Festival – Sydney sees the team visit Sydney, Australia in March 2013 to host their most ambitious Top Gear festival to date at Sydney Motorsport Park. Featuring Jeremy Clarkson, James May and the Stig, this special looks at the two-day extravaganza featuring the world’s fastest cars, madcap Top Gear challenges and guest-star appearances from some Australian sporting legends.

And not forgetting something for petrol heads everywhere, The Worst Car in the History of the World will see Jeremy Clarkson and James May, aka ‘the Motormouth’ and ‘Captain Slow’, put their heads together on a journey to identify, name and shame the world’s worst car ever. However, in this 75 minute special the biggest hurdle they face is agreeing on what car this actually is. Everyone has an opinion on bad cars. Now it’s time to hear from the most opinionated of them all.

Top Gear Series 20 premieres on BBC Knowledge Sunday July 7 at 7.30pm (AEST),


  1. With all their jetting around the world doing spectaculars and other things, the quality of TG had fallen off in recent years.

    Without a summer season and just doing 5 eps and a special in 12 months the show was better and fresher last season. Hopefully that will continue.

  2. Almost forget TG was due back soon, and while it’s nice BBCK is fast tracking it a lot quicker than Nine ever did but surely they could air it on Monday nights just hours after the UK airing?

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